Simplified disaster recovery for VMware machines using Azure Site Recovery

Microsoft officially announced the public preview to a simpler and more reliable way to protect your VMware virtual machines.

To tackle the changing needs of the customers, they have performed a major overhaul of the hybrid disaster recovery and added necessary enhancements along with highly requested simplifications. They have implemented a new architecture with which, the configuration server has now been revamped as the ASR replication appliance.

Automatic upgrades for ASR replication appliance and Mobility agent

A big deal-breaker with the current architecture was manually updating various configuration server components and mobility services. – as soon as an update arrives, both the appliance and mobility service will be updated automatically and that too out of business hours.

 

Additionally, for automatic upgrades, machine credentials will not be required anymore. Currently, it is necessary to have the latest credentials for both Linux and Windows machines for a successful update. But with this preview, the credentials will be required only initially and will not be required once the installation is complete. After the installation of the mobility service, credentials can be removed for all the machines.

 

Easier scale management

The appliance is now a single unit of management and all its components have been converted into micro-services which are hosted on Azure. This will not only make the troubleshooting much easier, but scale management also becomes much smoother. To scale out an appliance, you will just need to set up another appliance and voila, it is done! No need to set up another Process server anymore.

 

High availability for appliance

Appliance resiliency has also been a highly asked about topic and we have that covered too. Customers are usually afraid of an appliance burndown. There are also scenarios where one may need to load balance an appliance and move a protected machine to another appliance, without disabling replication.

 

With the preview, you don’t need to take regular backups of your appliance anymore – just spin up another appliance and switch all your machines to the new appliance. All the configuration details particular to a protected machine will be switched to the new appliance without needing to go through the complete replication again.

 

Apart from the above-mentioned improvements, they have also removed –

  • passphrase dependency – implemented a new certificate-based authentication,
  • static IP address dependency – will rather use FQDNs to maintain connectivity,
  • third party product dependency – MySQL installation on the appliance will not be required anymore.

 Learn more about the preview architecture and check out the release notes for a detailed list of improvements.

DoubleTake | 5 Reasons for Service Providers to consider DRaaS

Service providers have the ability to provide their end customers today with a complete Disaster Recovery as a Service solution using Double Take Cloud Protection and Recovery provides which provides low-risk, near-zero downtime DR-as-a-Service (DRaaS) for organizations of all sizes. Its usage-based pricing and compliance with SLAs and RPO/RTO guidelines make it just the solution the market needs today. Here are 5 advantages for the DRaaS every End Customer should think of when considering a DR solution:

1. Reduced Disaster Recovery Costs

if you currently have a disaster recovery site in place, you are already familiar with the high costs associated with such an infrastructure. Beyond the unavoidable investments in replication software and the required software licenses for servers, storage and security, there are a number of significant additional costs involved. Most of these additional costs are effectively eliminated by using DRaaS through a service provider:

  • Owning your own building or leasing space for your secondary datacenter
  • Alternatively, leasing a cabinet or cage at a datacenter provider
  • Monthly costs associated with power, cooling and Internet bandwidth at the secondary site
  • Purchase or lease of servers, storage and network equipment at the secondary site
  • Travel to and from datacenters or on-site staff at the secondary datacenter

2. Reduced Complexity

Building and maintaining a secondary DR site can be both costly and complex. If all of that infrastructure could be eliminated then the administration, upgrade requirements, maintenance contracts and more could be eliminated as well.

3. Achieve Interoperability

So many DR solutions are based on replication/synchronization to/from only one specific hypervisor, or may be restricted to use with one model physical server. Some solutions are even application specific. In contrast, DRaaS solutions are available that are hardware, hypervisor and application independent, so you can protect servers across different hypervisors, replicate data between dissimilar storage systems, etc.

4. Save Time

By reducing complexity and simplifying the disaster recovery solution with a single provider, IT groups will save a tremendous amount of time as compared to managing their own disaster recovery site. Additionally, if you have yet to deploy your own DR site, you’ll be able to deploy DRaaS within hours or days (depending on your number of servers) as compared to the weeks or months it can take to deploy your own site.

5. Provide a Comprehensive DR Solution

In many cases companies who implement their own DR site have to do it in phases and only protect the most critical servers first (In many cases, never even being able to protect all servers). Because DRaaS is so much easier and more affordable, many companies are able to protect all of their servers (physical and virtual), providing a complete DR solution.