Microsoft Site Recovery

Is Your Infrastructure Protected for Business Contiunity?

At 9am on Wednesday April 15, 2015, Mamman Kontagora House, a multi-office-tenant high-rise building located on Marina, Lagos, Nigeria was struck by a fire outbreak. The 13-storey building hosts business footprints of major financial services organizations like Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Diamond Bank Plc and Union Bank of Nigeria. A staff of one of the affected organizations attested “Almost all our documents and business data were burnt and several other items were destroyed. I can’t actually estimate the loss but it is really incalculable,” he said.

This leaves one wondering how organizations affected by fire outbreak or any similar disaster can recover business data and resume normal operation at optimal cost and within the shortest time possible. These days, Microsoft Azure, a cloud-based premium enterprise-fit data protection platform, offer cost-effective solutions to organizations of all sizes. Leveraging Azure site recovery takes away CAPEX and reduces your OPEX by coordinating seamless replication and recovery of your business critical data, applications, and I.T Infrastructure as a whole so no data is lost in case of a disaster that would have affected your I.T Infrastructure. Azure Site Recovery once implemented would automatically coordinate and manage replication by integrating with existing technologies such as Hyper-V Replica, System Center, and SQL Server AlwaysOn. Site Recovery also integrates with SAN replication options from storage vendors such as NetApp, HP, and EMC to help further simplify and improve your disaster recovery.


Microsoft Azure DR Site Recovery

Simple, Automated, Protection

Your environment can be protected by automating the replication of the virtual machines based on policies that you set and control. Site Recovery coordinates and manages the ongoing replication of data by integrating with existing technologies such as Hyper-V Replica, System Center, and SQL Server AlwaysOn. Now in Preview: Azure Site Recovery adds the capability to protect your VMware VMs and physical servers using Azure as your recovery site.

Site Recovery also integrates with SAN replication options from storage vendors such as NetApp, HP, and EMC to help further simplify and improve your disaster recovery protection.


Replication and Recovery to Azure

You can further simplify your disaster recovery protection by replicating to Azure and still benefit from the simplicity, automation, customizable recovery plans, health monitoring, and orchestrated recovery the service provides. One of the primary roadblocks to comprehensive protection of applications is the expense of establishing and maintaining a secondary site for disaster recovery. Now Azure can be your disaster recovery site.



Orchestrated Recovery

The service helps automate the orderly recovery of services in the event of a site outage at the primary datacenter. Virtual machines can be brought up in an orchestrated fashion to help restore service quickly, even for complex multi-tier workloads. Recovery plans are simple to create through the Azure management portal, where they are stored. The plans can be as simple or as advanced as your business requirements demand, including the execution of custom Windows PowerShell scripts and pauses for manual interventions. Networks can also be customized by mapping virtual networks between the primary and recovery sites. These plans can be tested whenever you like without disrupting the services at your primary location.