The US Developer & Platform Evangelism team continues their VMware or Microsoft series with today’s post by Keith Mayer.  Here is a sample -



Last week, Brad Anderson, CVP for Windows Server and System Center, announced Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM) as a Cloud-integrated Disaster Recovery solution on his In the Cloud blog.  Be sure to get the full details in Brad's article, and then come back here to walk through the technical details for evaluating and configuring HRM in the Guided Hands-On Lab below ...

Implementing an effective Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance plan ... can be a really complicated and expensive ordeal for some Private Clouds.

In many cases, competing solutions either don't meet the Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) that an organization may require, or are super-expensive to implement because they rely on costly site recovery management software and/or proprietary storage appliances at multiple sites.

For instance ... with a paid software license that includes VMware vSphere Replication, your smallest possible RPO today is 15-minutes - forcing many IT Pros that need more granular control of their "data-at-risk" window into much more expensive hardware and software products.  In addition, even when purchasing a more expensive site recovery offering, many of the products available today do not address one of the most pressing needs of a disaster recovery plan - storing an actionable disaster recovery plan in an location that is physically outside the datacenters being protected.  Many solutions still store their "recovery plans" in an on-premises location, which, of course, may not be accessible when real disasters strike.


Check out the rest of Keith’s article here!


VMware or Microsoft? Protect Private Clouds with Site-to-Site Failover using Hyper-V Replica and Windows Azure HRM