Protect and recover your Azure workloads from disasters using cross region VM restore points
Published Feb 16 2022 01:31 AM 2,890 Views
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In December 2021, we announced the public preview availability of VM restore points. Today we are extending VM restore points functionality to provide advanced capabilities to support disaster recovery scenarios.

 

VM restore points are multi-disk consistent VM level snapshots which include the consistent snapshots across all the disks as well as VM metadata. These restore points can be used to protect your workloads from data loss and corruption.

 

You can now create VM restore points in any public region of your choice irrespective of which region the VM is deployed. Let’s say you have a workload running on a VM in east US which you want to protect from disasters, though uncommon could potentially bring down the entire region. You can periodically create VM restore points in a target region far away from your source region, say west US. If your workloads deployed in east US become inaccessible due to any kind of disasters or failures, you can use one of the restore points created in west US to create a failover VM with minimal data loss and downtime.

 

On top of this, we are also adding the capability to copy an existing VM restore point from one region to another. If you are already protecting your workloads from data loss and data corruption using VM restore points which are deployed in the same region as the VM, you can now extend your solution to support cross region restore or remote region backup by copying the restore points from the source region to any target region of your choice.

 

Restore points that are created in the target region or copied from one region to another are incremental in nature. Meaning only the delta changes between the previous restore point is copied to the target region which significantly reduces the egress bandwidth charges.

 

These cross-region capabilities of VM restore points provide the base functionality or the fundamental blocks to protect your workloads from various failures as well as allow you to build your own disaster recovery solution for Azure VMs.

 

Get started

Cross region copy of VM restore points and cross region creation of VM restore points are available in the following regions:

  • Central US, East US, East US 2, Germany West central, North Central US, North Europe, South Central US, West Central US, West US, West US 2, West Europe, South India, Central India.

Other regions will be added in the next couple of weeks.

 

Please review the VM restore points documentation to learn how to:

  • Create a VM restore point in a target region
  • Copy a VM restore point from one region to another
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