All IT departments should have an fundamental goal to be their company’s Hero! They should be loooking for opportunities to make the technology gods stand out to the executive team with thoughtful solutions that could save the company thousands and thousands of dollars (hopefully). There have been significant innovation turning points in the last several years that have become monuments when IT was able to make significant impact on businesses growth.
The birth of the hypervisor was one such technology innovation that allowed companies large and small to leverage virtualization for massive scalability gains and infrastructure capability and reduced capital expense. Buying servers for OS installs on bare-metal became prehistoric. A hypervisor allowed IT to take advantage of old hardware like new for additional CPU cycles and memory capability. Keen IT talent saw the huge value in quick infrastructure scaling, reduction of the physical datacenter footprint and even the improved opportunity for Disaster Recovery (DR) replication scenarios to a co-location. Funny that even with this versatility, almost 50% of SMBs today still have no true DR failover in place. Perhaps they were waiting for an even easier way?
Today, IT shops large and small are transforming their recovery plans for critical business data and site recovery. Typical workloads for tape & disk backups are being re-evaluated as cheaper and more readily available cloud resources become mainstream. Failover of critical data and business systems to a co-location or hosted datacenter are rapidly changing as hybrid tools, unified management, and cheaper cloud subscription plans become the new measure of a successful disaster recovery plan.
There are huge advantages when leveraging the right tools to create the suitable DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) plan for business recovery. Microsoft has made the argument much easier in recent days providing IT the means to harness Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup for on-demand availability, elasticity, and a truly powerful toolset for tailoring a DR solution. Azure Site Recovery now supports heterogeneous environments leveraging replication orchestration of HyperV and VMware based virtualization stacks as well physical servers all through a secure and encrypted transport. Replication cycles are minimized using a differential snapshot technology and capability of advanced execution of custom PowerShell scripting and runbooks that automate specific sequences of the replication process. Microsoft’s System Center ties it all together with central management, remote monitoring of system states on-prem and in the cloud via one pane of glass enabling IT to maintain verify the availability of your most critical systems.
DR planning has been simplified with a cost effective and on-demand (pay for what you consume) model. The Microsoft cloud becomes an extension of your Hybrid datacenter enabling no-impact recovery testing and automated protection for systems that just cannot go down. Become the Hero of your business DR automation strategy and contact New Signature for help with leveraging the Microsoft Cloud today.