Disaster recovery solutions should be top of mind for every business. In this video, Sharon will provide an overview of the two Azure recovery services, Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery. These services can be leveraged to protect files and folders, workloads, Azure virtual machines, and on-premise virtual and physical machines.
- [Voiceover] A disaster recovery strategy includes plans and policies to keep your data safe if the unthinkable happens. If you currently don't have a recovery plan in place today, I would highly recommend that you plan on putting on in place ASAP. Because you never know when a disaster may strike. Disaster can be hurricanes, floods or tornadoes. And then there's always the man-made disasters. We have accidental delete, failed upgrades and patches, crypto-virus and a host of other malicious activities that could disrupt or damage your data.
Within Azure, there are two services to help protect your data and workloads. There's Azure Backup, and as the name states, this is a backup service. The second option is Azure Site Recovery. This service is used to replicate your on premise workloads into Azure. Let's start with Azure Backup. Azure Backup is a secure and reliable alternative, or even an additional service to your current on premise backup solutions. Personally, I would use Azure Backup for long term offsite backup.
And I would still leverage an on premise backup solution for those quick recoveries. Azure backup can be used for file and folder backup of Windows servers or desktop operating systems. It's simple to set up and backups are completely automated. In addition to backing up files and folders, Azure backup can also be configured to backup application workloads such as SharePoint sequel or exchange server. And finally, Azure Backup can be used to backup your Azure virtual machines providing a backup if your virtual machine is no longer valid due to an accidental delete, a bad patch, or any other action that corrupts your virtual machines.
Azure Site Recovery or ASR for short is slightly different. ASR manages the replication of your on premise virtual machines to Azure or even a secondary data center of your choice. The benefit of this is that in the case of an outage at your on premise location, the virtual machines can be started in Azure with little or no down time. Once the outage has been resolved, the virtual machine can then fail back to the on premise location. ASR, once configured, runs in the background without any user intervention.
And here's a pro tip. You can use Azure Site Recovery to migrate your workloads into Azure instead of using Powershell to mainly move them in.
- Understanding cloud technologies
- Why Azure?
- Creating virtual networks and storage
- Using Azure Active Directory for identity management and protection
- Disaster recovery with Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery
- Working with virtual machines