In a digital age, one of the most pressing concerns when it comes to business continuity is the recovery of your technology infrastructure, including data, workflows, and programs, in the event of a catastrophe.
Just losing years of files due to a fire, flood, or other disaster causes many small businesses to close their doors if they don’t have a good backup and recovery plan because they never fully recover. Downtime can also be costly, making a fast recovery vital to reduce overall losses.
The average cost of downtime for a business is $5,600 per minute. (ZDNet)
When local Ireland businesses are facing the challenge of protecting their company from risks and ensuring business continuity, they often call up Future Range and our IT Managed Services for assistance. We take the stress out of planning for uninterrupted business operations, and one of the tools we use to do that is Azure Site Recovery.
The platform is from Microsoft, which has been recognized as a leader in disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) and it has three key elements that we like to see if any type of technology application:
- Easy deployment
- Cost effectiveness
Let’s take a deeper look into what Azure Site Recovery is, how it works, and how it can greatly increase your business resiliency after a catastrophe.
Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Explained
Azure Site Recovery (ASR) works hand-in-hand with Azure backup, which secures your corporate data by backing it up to the Azure platform. ASR helps businesses keep their applications and workloads running during any outages by recovering data replicated from physical and virtual machines (VMs).
The platform basically mirrors a current server environment, your primary host that’s used to run all your applications, store data, and that is the backbone of your technology infrastructure. In the event of a disaster or outage at your primary site, Azure’s replicant kicks in from the secondary location, keeping everything running as usual until the primary location is up and going again.
Types of Machines You Can Replicate
ASR is flexible and can be used for a number of different server environments. Machines that can be replicated include:
- On-premises VMware & VMs (both cloud-based server environments)
- On-premises physical servers
- On-premises Hyper-V VMs (allows running multiple operating systems as VMs)
How Does Azure Differ from My Normal Backup System?
Back up is only one half of the equation when it comes to safeguarding your data. The other half is the recovery, meaning the data is stored in such a way that it’s easy to recovery and get your operations up and running again.
If you’re just doing a simple file backup, that means that your programs, system settings, and other things outside your document files aren’t being included, and putting that information back to a usable format can be cumbersome and time consuming.
A disaster recovery application is specifically designed to hold a replication of your entire system structure, including programs, settings, databases, and files, so you can simply switch over to it quickly, with little disruption, and it’s as if you were running on your primary server.
In a nutshell, Azure Site Recovery makes a copy of everything running on your primary server (physical or virtual), including your workflows, updating it regularly as new information is added, so it’s there when you need it.
How Will Azure Site Recovery Benefit My Business?
Here are some of the key ways that ASR helps companies stay up and running no matter what and gives them advantages over their competition
Reducing Infrastructure Costs
If you’re trying to deploy, monitor, and maintain your own on-premises disaster recovery platform, you’ll save money using Azure. Updates are done automatically, and you save money on hardware and maintenance costs. Additionally, you only pay for the resources you use, and have the flexibility to scale up or down as you need to.
Designed to get you back up and running fast, ASR can significantly decrease the damage to your bottom line in the event of an outage. Its continuous backup process also ensures that you can restore even your most recently created data quickly when you need it.
Cost Efficient, Affordable
One of the biggest benefits to Future Range clients that use Azure Site Recovery is that it’s very cost effective. It’s more affordable to many small and medium-sized businesses than some industry competitors, while backed by the quality and expertise that Microsoft has brought to the IT world for decades.
If your business is required to adhere to industry data privacy regulations, ASR provides a platform that integrates well into any cybersecurity compliance strategy.
Azure Site Recovery is ISO 27001:2013, 27018, HIPAA, DPA certified, and is currently in the process of assessments for security protocols SOC2 and FedRAMP JAB.
How is Your Business Continuity Strategy?
Could you use some help planning, implementing, or testing your business continuity plan so you’ll be ready in the event of a disaster or outage? Future Range can help with any number of reliable and affordable solutions for backup and disaster recovery.
Contact us today for a free IT business continuity consultation at +353 1 2960 560 or through our contact form.