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Jun 2016

New Azure Site Recovery for migration to the modern Cloud

An exciting development in the cloud world with the announcement Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is now Generally Available in the new Azure Portal.

The new modern user interface is designed to dramatically simplify user experience, and delivers a number of scenarios and capabilities:

1. Enhanced VMware to Azure (eV2A)

  • New Exclude Disk functionality when replicating VMware virtual machines to Azure
  • Support for Azure Resource Manager based and Classic deployments; Failback and Linux Guest OS support for ARM will be available at a later date

2. System Center Virtual Machine Manager to Azure (E2A)

  • Support for Azure Resource Manager based and Classic deployments
  • Support for protecting multiple virtual machines at the same time

3. Hyper-V Site to Azure (B2A)

  • Support for Azure Resource Manager based and Classic deployments
  • Support for protecting multiple virtual machines at the same time

4. System Center VMM to System Center VMM (E2E) using Hyper-V Replica

  • Support for protecting multiple virtual machines at the same time

5. First-class support for Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) subscriptions

6. Streamlined Getting Started experience for all Site Recovery scenarios

7. New Policy construct to enable flexible association and management

8. Functionality of Backup and ASR in a single vault construct

The key takeaway is that Azure Site Recovery is now compatible with Azure Resource Manager (ARM).

Previously when protecting on-premises workloads with ASR, only Classic VMs could be created, meaning the VMs needed to connect to classic virtual networks.  When using ExpressRoute, that needed to be classic also.

If you were creating a new Azure environment, the recommended approach was to use the newer Azure Resource Manager VMS, Networks and ExpressRoute. This meant that if ASR was being used not for protection but as a migration tool to get on-premises workloads into Azure it was somewhat limited.  With the latest announcement, this limitation has now been removed.  Now you can move straight to the newer ARM infrastructure to future proof the site environment.

If you’d like to use ASR as a migration tool, it’s free for the first 31 days.

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