Microsoft Issues VMware-Friendly Azure Site Recovery Update
The company upgrades its cloud-based disaster recovery offering for virtualized environments powered by VMware.Microsoft is making it easier for customers to back up and recover their VMware virtual servers using Azure Site Recovery (ASR), Hyper-V Recovery Manager, the company's cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) product. This week, the company officially released enhanced VMware to Azure functionality that has been in private beta since October. "Customers can now protect and replicate their VMware virtual machines and physical servers to Azure, without the need to deploy any replication or orchestration components in Azure IaaS [infrastructure-as-a-service]," said Abhishek A. Hemrajani, senior program manager of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise, in a Jan. 11 announcement. When it comes to building up its enterprise cloud bona fides, Microsoft isn't letting old rivalries get in the way. While VMware is the leading virtualization platform and a competitor to Microsoft's own Hyper-V technology, the Redmond, Wash., tech titan is taking more of a platform-agnostic approach as part of a "cloud-first" product strategy. "Azure Site Recovery, as part of Microsoft Operations Management Suite, enables you to gain control and manage your workloads no matter where they run—Azure, AWS, Windows Server, Linux, VMware or OpenStack," noted Hemrajani.
The old version of the feature—now labeled "legacy"—will remain available for existing customers, but the company strongly recommends "that customers begin using the new enhanced VMware to Azure solution when replicating VMware workloads or physical machines to Azure," Hemrajani. Overall, the new version addresses some of the cost and complexity of setting up Azure-backed DR services.