Today’s GA announcement delivers on a widely requested enhancement from our Enterprise customers – the ability to leverage replication capabilities of existing Storage Area Network (SAN) Arrays to enable high performance synchronous and asynchronous replication across on-premises Hyper-V Sites. With System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and Azure Site Recovery, our customers can get
end-to-end storage array-based replication and disaster recovery
that is optimized to deliver the following key functionality:
End-to-End Disaster Recovery and Orchestration
ASR and SCVMM automates the creation and management of all target objects - both storage and compute - to ensure that recovery is guaranteed to work.
are Virtual Machine and Storage aware, cutting down on manual steps and multiple administrator roles that are traditionally needed in recovering a workload post disaster
Standards-Based (SMI-S) Storage Discovery, Provisioning, and Replication Management
in SCVMM ensures complete integration and the ability to leverage replication capabilities provided by our enterprise storage partners, such as HP, NetApp, EMC, Hitachi, and others. SCVMM will provide comprehensive SAN management capabilities within console
Synchronous Replication and Workload Recovery within Minutes
ensures that with ASR, our customers can achieve the lowest possible RPO and RTO. Capabilities supported by the storage hardware are automatically made available within ASR
Multi-VM Consistency and Replications Groups
enable multiple Virtual Machines to be protected and replicated together, thereby
expanding support for n-tier applications
that require application tiers to replicate consistently and failover at the same time
Support for Guest Clusters
that depend on shared storage provided by Shared VHDX or a Microsoft iSCSI Target. This important new functionality enables disaster recovery and failover of applications such as SQL Server, SharePoint, SAP etc. that rely on shared storage
These enhanced features complement our already expansive list of features such as one-click orchestrated failovers using
ASR Recovery Plans
, DR Testing and non-invasive Drills, At-Scale Configuration and Management, Self-Service Disaster Recovery, and support for Compliance and Audit Reporting.
Since formally announcing the Preview of the new functionality at TechEd Europe 2014
, we have been working with our storage partners – NetApp, HP, EMC, Hitachi, and others – to validate our functionality and their updated SMI-S Providers in real customer environments. The standards-based integration based on the Storage Networking Industry Association’s SMI-S Specification, helps us support a vibrant ecosystem of storage devices with SCVMM and ASR.
HP 3PAR StoreServ
HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage in ASR
deployments offloads the host from doing additional work like replication, handling failure cases due to built-in enterprise resiliency and of course, carrying out data integrity checks.
HP 3PAR Remote Copy
, is the component in the 3PAR software that integrates seamlessly with ASR to create and manage protection groups for Hyper-V Virtual Machines. Through integration with SNIA SMI-S, array-based replication groups are created directly from Microsoft ASR without the need for additional storage management resources. Failover, failback and recovery of HP 3PAR Remote Copy groups is managed in the Microsoft ASR user interface. VMs can be protected with Hyper-V Replication or HP 3PAR Remote Copy array-based replication.
EMC’s storage arrays such as VMAX EMC Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) give customers the confidence that RPO and RTO goals are met while ensuring complex application environments are protected as a whole using consistency technology. The VMAX3 software architecture allows for even more effective use of CPU power taking advantage of multi-core and multi-threading technologies for parallelization or the replication workload.
The combination of Microsoft Azure Site Recovery and EMC VMAX SRDF provides a simplified and highly scalable disaster recovery solution across on-premises or hosted Microsoft-based IT infrastructures. Combining ASR and SRDF provides customers the ability to orchestrate replication, protection, and failover of virtual machines across on-premises and their DR or Service Provider data centers. Check out
EMC’s Thin Blue Line Blog
for more information.
AZURE SITE RECOVERY
With its ability to protect and coordinate the replication and recovery of
customer IT environment – Windows or Linux, physical or virtualized on Hyper-V, VMware or others – Azure Site Recovery plays an important role in the disaster recovery plans of many organizations. As the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, Microsoft is committed to solving our customers’ business continuity challenges and enabling hybrid cloud solutions that work seamlessly across private, partner, and public clouds.