Azure Site Recovery without System Center Virtual Machine Manager
We just released the ability to leverage Azure Site Recovery without the System Center requirement. Azure Site Recovery gives you the ability to send your Hyper-V Replica’s to Azure instead of another Hyper-V Server. This gives you the ability to use Azure as your DR site! I’ve talked a lot about Hyper-V Replica before; here is where I talked about a customer leveraging Hyper-V Replica to allow their business to stay up and running even when Hurricane Sandy took out their infrastructure. How many of your customers need a DR solution but can’t afford one? Azure Site Recovery now gives you the ability to leverage Azure as the customers’ DR site.
If you take a look at a new Azure Site Recovery Vault, you’ll see additional options, the newest one is highlighted in the screen shot below:
There is more to the setup process than when using SCVMM, but it gives us the ability to send our Hyper-V VM replica’s to Azure without requiring System Center. I got this setup for a new VM in about 10 minutes, now I’m just waiting for the initial replica to replicate to Azure. As I dig into the details of this solution, I’ll share more about it. But for now, enjoy that we’ve lowered the costs of providing a DR solution for our SMB customers.
Until next time,