During this year’s TechEd North America conference, Microsoft announced plans to extend Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager with a new capability for the replication of virtual machines from a customer datacenter directly to Microsoft Azure. The company also renamed the service Microsoft Azure Site Recovery to reflect this extension. Today, this new Azure replication capability is available in preview for customers.

Previously, IT faced both costs and complexity to build and manage a secondary site for disaster recovery. These challenges are mitigated by expanding the role Azure plays in DR solution from health monitoring and recovery plan orchestration to actually being the disaster recovery site. This enables the recovery of services to be orchestrated and heavily automated, speeding time to recovery.

More information can be found on the Server and Cloud blog. Preview testing of the Azure replication capability is available here.