Continuing from the previous blog - check out the recent TechEd NA 2014 talk @ https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DCIM-B322 which includes a cool demo of this product.

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Let’s retrace the journey - in Jan 2014, we announced the General Availability of Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM). HRM  enabled customers to co-ordinate protection and recovery of virtualized workloads between SCVMM managed clouds. Using this Azure service, customers could setup, monitor and orchestrate protection and recovery of their Virtual Machines on top of Windows Server 2012, WS2012 R2 Hyper-V Replica.

Like Hyper-V Replica, the solution works great when our customers had a secondary location. But what if it isn’t the case. After all, the CAPEX and OPEX cost of building and maintaining multiple datacenters is high. One of the common questions/suggestions/feedback to our team was around using Azure as a secondary data center. Azure provides a world class, reliable, resilient platform – at a fraction of a cost compared to running your workloads or in this case, maintaining a secondary datacenter.

The rebranded HRM service - Azure Site Recovery (ASR) - delivers this capability. On 6/19, we announced the availability of the preview version of ASR which orchestrates, manages and replicates VMs to Azure.

When a disaster strikes the customer’s on-premises, ASR can “failover” the replicated VMs in Azure.

And once the customer recovers the on-premises site, ASR can “failback” the Azure IaaS VMs to the customer’s private cloud. We want you to decide which VM runs where and when!

There is some exciting technology built on top of Azure which enables the scenario and in the coming weeks we will dive deep into the workflows and the technology.

Top of my head, the key features in the product are:

  • Replication from a System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager cloud to Azure – From a SCVMM 2012 R2 managed private cloud, any VM (we will cover some caveats in subsequent blogs) running on Windows Server 2012 R2 hypervisor can be replicated to Azure.

  • Replication frequency of 30seconds, 5mins or 15mins – just like the on-premises product, you can replicate to Azure at 30seconds.

  • Additional 24 additional recovery points to choose during failover – You can configure upto 24 additional recovery points at an hourly granularity.

 

  • Encryption @ Rest: You got to love this – we encrypt the data *before* it leaves your on-premises server. We never decrypt the payload till you initiate a failover. You own the encryption key and it’s safe with you.

  • Self-service DR with Planned, Unplanned and Test Failover – Need I say more – everything is in your hands and at your convenience.

  • One click app-level failover using Recovery Plans
  • Audit and compliance reporting
  • .…and many more!

The documentation explaining the end to end workflows is available @ http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/hyper-v-recovery-manager-azure/ to help you get started.

The landing page for this service is @ http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/site-recovery/

If you have questions when using the product, post them @ http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsazure/en-US/home?forum=hypervrecovmgr or in this blog.

Keep watching this blog space for more information on this capability.