Just like an insurance plan, Disaster Recovery (DR) is essential to protect and recover critical data during disasters and downtime. Without it, enterprises risk losing revenue and business opportunities and customer confidence. However, most often traditional disaster recovery DR plans are costly and require deployment of extensive infrastructure. Moreover, they are low on automation and may not fully address the complexities of orchestrating migrations, testing, and failover procedures.

Cloud based DR solutions, such as Microsoft’s Azure Site Recovery (ASR) are cost-effective and easy to implement and enable business continuity through orchestrated disaster recovery. In case of a site outage at the primary datacenter, ASR helps automate replication and orchestrate recovery of physical or virtual machinesto a secondary site or Microsoft Azure. A recovery plan to Azure can be used for a planned failover, unplanned failover as well as for test failover.

Restore services quickly and efficiently

ASR’s orchestrated recovery plans are optimized for business critical workloads and plays a key enabler for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) strategies. By supporting quick restoration of operations, ASR helps you meet Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) through the following key features:

Automated recovery: ASR ensures automatic replication of the critical workload for Microsoft Azure. The data is protected by automating the replication of virtual machines based on the policies that you set and control.

Simplified process: You can quickly and easily create a recovery plan through the Azure management portal, which employs cross-platform tools, technologies, and services to store the plan.

Customized plans: The recovery plans can be customized based on your business needs. You can choose from advanced and simple recovery plans including the implementation of bespoke Windows PowerShell scripts and Azure Automation Runbooks and pauses for manual interferences.

Support for complex multi-tier workloads: The applications can be restored in an orchestrated manner after creating dependencies between the Backend SQL, Middleware App, and Frontend IIS.

Plan testing: It is important to test the DR plan, to validate the RTO and establish the viability of recovery strategy. ASR’s recovery plans can be tested without disrupting the services at the primary location.

Accelerate the journey to recovery

If you are worried about the chaos, complexity, and costs that follow a disaster, ASR may be the perfect solution. It allows you to avoid the expense and complexity of building and managing your own secondary location, while restoring business operations quickly and cost efficiently. While backing up and replicating data are critical steps, organizations must not lose sight of disaster recovery orchestration. ASR’s orchestrated recovery plan enhances efficiency of the business services by ensuring optimal data accuracy through robust and periodic data validations. It also helps drive down costs by reducing the failover time. As businesses enter more unchartered and unpredictable territories, ASR can help you ensure that DR is consistently accurate, repeatable, and predictable.