Accelerated Networking with Azure virtual machine disaster recovery

Accelerated Networking enables single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) to a VM, greatly improving its networking performance. This high-performance path bypasses the host from the datapath, reducing latency, jitter, and CPU utilization, for use with the most demanding network workloads on supported VM types. The following picture shows communication between two VMs with and without accelerated networking:

Comparison

Azure Site Recovery enables you to utilize the benefits of Accelerated Networking, for Azure virtual machines that are failed over to a different Azure region. This article describes how you can enable Accelerated Networking for Azure virtual machines replicated with Azure Site Recovery.

Prerequisites

Before you begin, ensure that you understand:

Accelerated Networking with Windows VMs

Azure Site Recovery supports enabling Accelerated Networking for replicated virtual machines only if the source virtual machine has Accelerated Networking enabled. If your source virtual machine does not have Accelerated Networking enabled, you can learn how to enable Accelerated Networking for Windows virtual machines here.

Supported operating systems

The following distributions are supported out of the box from the Azure Gallery:

  • Windows Server 2016 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter

Supported VM instances

Accelerated Networking is supported on most general purpose and compute-optimized instance sizes with 2 or more vCPUs. These supported series are: D/DSv2 and F/Fs

On instances that support hyperthreading, Accelerated Networking is supported on VM instances with 4 or more vCPUs. Supported series are: D/DSv3, E/ESv3, Fsv2, and Ms/Mms

For more information on VM instances, see Windows VM sizes.

Accelerated Networking with Linux VMs

Azure Site Recovery supports enabling Accelerated Networking for replicated virtual machines only if the source virtual machine has Accelerated Networking enabled. If your source virtual machine does not have Accelerated Networking enabled, you can learn how to enable Accelerated Networking for Linux virtual machines here.

Supported operating systems

The following distributions are supported out of the box from the Azure Gallery:

  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • SLES 12 SP3
  • RHEL 7.4
  • CentOS 7.4
  • CoreOS Linux
  • Debian "Stretch" with backports kernel
  • Oracle Linux 7.4

Supported VM instances

Accelerated Networking is supported on most general purpose and compute-optimized instance sizes with 2 or more vCPUs. These supported series are: D/DSv2 and F/Fs

On instances that support hyperthreading, Accelerated Networking is supported on VM instances with 4 or more vCPUs. Supported series are: D/DSv3, E/ESv3, Fsv2, and Ms/Mms.

For more information on VM instances, see Linux VM sizes.

Enabling Accelerated Networking for replicated VMs

When you enable replication for Azure virtual machines, Site Recovery will automatically detect whether the virtual machine network interfaces have Accelerated Networking enabled. If Accelerated Networking is already enabled, Site Recovery will automatically configure Accelerated Networking on the network interfaces of the replicated virtual machine.

The status of Accelerated Networking can be verified under the Network interfaces section of the Compute and Network settings for the replicated virtual machine.

Accelerated Networking setting

If you have enabled Accelerated Networking on the source virtual machine after enabling replication, you can enable Accelerated Networking for the replicated virtual machine's network interfaces by the following process:

  1. Open Compute and Network settings for the replicated virtual machine
  2. Click on the name of the network interface under the Network interfaces section
  3. Select Enabled from the dropdown for Accelerated Networking under the Target column

Enable Accelerated Networking

The above process should also be followed for existing replicated virtual machines, that did not previously have Accelerated Networking enabled automatically by Site Recovery.

Next steps