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In today’s world we expect everything to “just work;” and so do the people relying on your services. If your services go down then you’re not fulfilling your customer’s expectations. In this article we will learn a bit more about how to keep your services up when you use Azure Site Recovery (ASR) as part of your comprehensive Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. ASR gives you a simple, straight-forward solution to ensure that your services are there to meet your customer’s expectations 24×7.

First, what’s ASR? ASR is an Azure service which enables you to replicate your virtual and physical environment in the cloud. It manages the syncing and replication of data and makes it considerably simple to build out a fully automated disaster recovery management solution.

Simplicity is what makes Azure such a compelling solution.  Automation is the key to fail-over protection that doesn’t miss a beat. An installed agent on your protected instance or physical machine has a heartbeat that is continuously monitored via encrypted communication in Azure; if that heartbeat fails the system springs to life like an emergency room with a heart attack patient. Let fast automation cover the disaster and give you time to find root causes and prevent it in the future

Customizable recovery plans ensure services and apps are brought up in the proper sequence to ensure success. No missing database errors, no missing backend support applications, no one has to find “Larry” to get his password to start a service. Azure can also coordinate Site Recovery between your multiple data locations or between your locations and Azure. It’s up to you.

Azure has the storage and bandwidth to quickly move data to the cloud, because watching a progress bar is not the best use of your time. Storage requirements continually increase for backup and near line storage and this is not likely to change as data become ever more prevalent.

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery doesn’t have to be hard, but it does have to happen to ensure your customers can focus on your business.

If you want to know how to use ASR in your environment, check out our upcoming ASR LoadFest!

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