Hyper-V Program Manager
Late last week we announced “Azure Site Recovery”. This is a new offering that allows you to have Hyper-V virtual machines in your environment replicating to Azure. This gives you the ultimate protection from site failure.
You can read more about this on Brad Anderson’s “In the Cloud” blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2014/06/19/announcing-the-preview-of-disaster-recovery-to-azure-using-azure-site-recovery.aspx
You can also read about it on the virtualization team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/virtualization/archive/2014/06/21/disaster-recovery-to-microsoft-azure-part-2.aspx
Personally, I am very happy that we have been able to announce this – as many of you have been asking me when it would be possible to replicate virtual machines to Azure. That said, one key feature of Azure Site Recovery that I would like to point out is the ability to encrypt your stored data. When you setup Azure Site Recovery there is a simple option provided:
This option ensures that your data is encrypted before it leaves your server, and remains encrypted until such a time when you decide that the replicate virtual machine needs to be unencrypted in order to run in Azure. This gives you complete control over the security of your data. Something that many customers have been quite vocal about as we have been looking into developing these kinds of solutions.
So, I would encourage you to read the information on the links above – and then setup a trial account to try it out for yourself!
As I understand Azure Site Recovery is only compatible if you are running SCVMM. What about smaller SMB's like myself who are not in need of SCVMM but would like to take advantage of Azure?
I have heard this request a number of times, but there is nothing I can say at this point in time.