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Last month, we looked at the log analytics capabilities in Operations Management Suite and explored how cloud-based analytics can help you manage a hybrid environment. Starting today, we’re going to continue our capabilities overview with a series of posts on cloud-based disaster recovery with Azure Site Recovery. Included in Operations Management Suite, Site Recovery enables you to take advantage of cloud resources to protect critical applications and take a holistic approach to disaster recovery.

Until recently, full-scale disaster recovery solutions were out of reach for most companies. The cost of establishing and maintaining a second site for the entire IT environment was just too high. One of the biggest changes that the cloud has brought to IT is the option of expanding disaster recovery, taking advantage of the scale and economics of cloud to build out a more complete disaster recovery plan.

Disaster recovery can be not only expensive, but also highly complex to manage. Multiple disaster recovery solutions for heterogeneous environments, partial coverage of the environment, and use of back up for disaster recovery are all common compromises that companies make when trying to reduce costs. The problem with all of these approaches is that they increase the likelihood that data will be lost or outages will be prolonged. Azure Site Recovery is designed to provide a solution to these challenges.

Azure Site Recovery lets you use Azure as the recovery site, eliminating the need for a secondary datacenter and the associated costs for additional personnel and hardware. You can protect Hyper-V, VMware, and physical servers. If you already have a secondary datacenter, you can take advantage of Site Recovery for orchestrated replication of servers and virtual machines. When an outage occurs in your primary location, Site Recovery lets you fail over to the secondary site according to a disaster recovery plan that you put in place and store in Azure.

There are a number of benefits to using Site Recovery as your disaster recovery solution. Cost is only part of the advantages of cloud. Site Recovery offers you class leading, enterprise-grade Recovery Point and Recovery Time Objectives (RPO and RTO), meaning that when an outage occurs, your business will be up and running within minutes using the most recent data prior to downtime. In addition, you are supported for both planned failover, where you have adequate time to shut down running applications and also unplanned failover, giving you the flexibility to recover regardless of the situation. Site Recovery also gives you the option of performing a test failover. This allows you to recover protected instances in an isolated environment without impacting production workloads or their protection. You can use test failover to test out the effectiveness of your DR plan and perform test changes to that environment before making them to your production workloads.

In the next few weeks, we’ll be going into more depth on what makes Azure Site Recovery a great option for you to consider for disaster recovery. Check back soon for additional information.

For more details, download the Azure Site Recovery Datasheet.

To hear from our experts, check out the webinar, Key cloud considerations for disaster recovery.