Cloud Insights from Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Client & Mobility
If you’re an enterprise that has viewed previous cloud-based DR solutions with skepticism – brace yourselves for the details of this announcement. This is awesome.
When we sat down to plan how to build a cloud-based DR solution focused on mission-critical workloads, we had one primary priority: Make DR available to everyone, available everywhere, and easy to use. Arguably, that’s three primary priorities – but the results are undeniable.
We began with the current version of Hyper-V Recovery Manager that’s been available since January 2014 (as noted in this post). This version of HRM enabled automated protection, asynchronous ongoing replication, and orchestrated/accurate/consistent recovery of virtualized workloads between private clouds across enterprise sites with minimal downtime. Starting today, HRM has a new name: Microsoft Azure Site Recovery.
But this is a lot more than just a name change announcement. After an intense and carefully focused development, I am really excited to announce the preview of a new Disaster Recovery to Azure functionality that’s now available as part of Azure Site Recovery (ASR).
ASR will also now enable you to protect, replicate, and failover Virtual Machines directly to Microsoft Azure, thereby increasing the resilience of their business-critical apps. The efficiency and availability that come from this resiliency has a direct impact on the bottom line – but that isn’t the only cost savings ASR provides. Using ASR also removes the need to invest in an on-prem standby datacenter.
This new capability preview in ASR is a big step towards our promise of “No Workload Left Behind.” It’s a lot like the similarly named government program, minus the acerbic partisan animosity (but still a lot of standardized testing).
Here’s what ASR looks like in action:
Both the existing DR solution for on-prem private clouds and the new DR to Azure capabilities are built atop a pretty amazing foundation: Windows Server Hyper-V Replica, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, and Microsoft Azure – and both are delivered via the Microsoft Azure Management Portal.
In addition to enabling Microsoft Azure as a DR site in multiple geographies, this preview also includes an impressive list of features for enabling virtual machine replication to Azure:
ASR can also help you quickly and easily migrate on-premise Virtual Machines to Azure or spin-off additional development and testing environments. Whether you are protecting a few dozen virtual machines, or hundreds, ASR offers some huge benefits.
In particular, ASR is really simple (it’s easy to configure and automate your DR across private clouds or directly to Azure), it’s cost effective (protecting workloads in Azure means big savings in CAPEX and OPEX spent building secondary datacenters), it’s intuitive for your team to use (the self-service model builds on top of existing products, e.g. System Center, Windows Server, Azure), it’s extensible (the cloud-based service architecture allows for faster development and easy access to new features), and it offers a consistent user experience (no matter if you’re working in a private cloud, a service provider, or a public cloud – the UX and the functionality is the same).
For more information on ASR, check out the recording of the ASR session at TechEd 2014 where we discussed the preview. You can also visit the Azure Site Recovery forum on MSDN for additional information and to engage with other customers.
Once you’re ready to see what ASR can do for you, you can check out pricing information, sign up for a free trial, or learn more about the product specs.
Really great that it's here now!
Hi, im very happy that this function is already available as a preview. On a first test I verified that Generation 2 VMs are not supported. Is this correct?
Generation 2 VMs are not supported because most of the servers at Microsoft Azure datacenters have not been migrated to Hyper-V 2012 R2.
Is there any timeframe for Generation 2 VMs to be supported? I had an entire VDR preview that I went with that cost a lot of $$ and time, just to find out that Azure did not support Gen 2. I have close to 50% of my VMs in Hyper V that are Gen 2.