3 Ways You Can Use Azure for Disaster Recovery
Friday, October 28th 2016 by Kirill Bensonoff
Business continuity is essential for any company. A good disaster recovery plan is the best way to ensure that it is only a minor bump instead of putting the future of your business at risk. One of Azure’s many fantastic features is that it can get you ready for disaster recovery. Disaster recovery isn’t just important to keep your data safe, it is also important to keep your business safe. Losing data is bad enough, but being too slow to recover data is bad as well. Your clients and customers will not be able to trust you again if you do not have any of their information and cannot deliver services for a long time. Here are 3 ways Azure can ensure that you are back up and running in no time:

1) Backup Your Files to Azure Storage
Azure storage is a fantastic way to store all your files. It is also great for creating backups of all your data as often as possible. The beauty of this setup is that it works automatically and doesn’t require too much work to set up. You can accomplish with Azure Backup using the Resource Manager deployment model. You can choose which folders to backup and how often you want the files to be uploaded to Azure. Set the folders and times according to the nature of your business to ensure that all your data is available regardless of what happens where your primary storage is located.

2) Use Azure Site Recovery
You don’t necessarily have to use an outside tool or configure the backing up process yourself; Azure itself comes with a great site recovery option. It allows you to easily protect and replicate any virtual machines you are running. You can also monitor the status of your files and network from anywhere in the world. Create a recovery plan that fits your requirements and setup how your data is recovered. They even offer no-impact recoveries which allow your business to continue as if nothing happened – mostly through server replication and constant monitoring. When their monitoring detects something going wrong it brings a replicated server to life.

3) Replicate Servers to Azure
There is a third way to use Azure for disaster recovery aside from their automated recovery tools or storing files on their storage; you can replicate your whole server on Azure. This can be done through many different means. Windows Server 2016 has native functionality which allows you to replicate servers to the cloud. If you aren’t using Windows Server 2016 yet then you can always use Cloudberry or any similar tool for the same purpose. This allows you to use your own servers for normal operations but switch to Azure’s Virtual Machines whenever needed.

Conclusion
We like Azure because of how business minded it’s approached and how easy it is to use. It is much easier for a person new to the cloud to use Azure compared to other cloud services. Disaster recovery setups are easy as well though we will still recommend you have a professional do them because too much is at stake.
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