If you’ve worked with Azure before, you may be aware that Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is the Disaster Recovery solution for the cloud.

However, up until now, to protect an Azure Virtual Machine for disaster recovery, you would have to navigate to the Recovery Services Vault (RSV) > click “+ Replicate” > configure the Source location > and then finally select the VM to protect.

RSV – Select Azure VM


Simplified Disaster Recovery

Now we have a much simpler way to achieve disaster recovery for our Azure Virtual Machines.

From within the Virtual Machine blade, under the Operations heading, click Disaster Recovery (Preview).

VM Blade – Operations

From there, all you have to do is choose your Target Region, and click Enable Replication. It’s that simple!

Note: If you do not have a Recovery Services Vault (RSV) already created, Azure Site Recovery will create a new Vault for you.

VM Blade – Configure DR


Why Azure Site Recovery for Disaster Recovery?

What makes this different from all the other Disaster Recovery solutions out there? Well, we already mentioned one reason: Simplicity. It is very easy and convenient to setup DR protection for a Virtual Machine (as we’ve seen).

But that’s not the only reason. Instead of having to deploy a 3rd party solution (most of which require a separate VM on the receiving end, which adds additional costs and management), Azure Site Recovery is a first-class solution built into the Azure fabric.

This means that you don’t need to deploy any other management VM into the Azure Region you want to failover to. It also means you don’t have to license expensive 3rd party software.

With Azure Site Recovery, you are empowered to achieve all your compliance needs, even if your entire Production datacenter is running in Azure.

To make compliance even easier, you can even trigger your Disaster Recovery tests and drills right from the Virtual Machine blade. So now, you can show your compliance by maintaining a replica of your Virtual Machine and trigger your monthly, quarterly, semi-annual DR tests all from the same view.

VM Blade - Disaster Recovery - Test Failover
VM Blade – Disaster Recovery – Test Failover

Now we have no excuse not to protect our Azure Virtual Machines. With Disaster Recovery this simple (and effective), if anyone says your mission-critical system is down, you can sit back, relax, and click the “easy” button, and be your organization’s DR hero.