Microsoft's Azure Site Recovery Eases Multiplatform Cloud Migration
Businesses can now more easily transfer workloads running on VMware, Amazon Web Services, Hyper-V and physical servers to Microsoft's cloud.In a busy week for Microsoft, which included the Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, Fla., the company announced the general availability of new Azure Site Recovery (ASR) migration features that streamline the process of migrating both virtual machines and physical servers to the Redmond, Wash., tech titan's cloud. "To enable our customers to move heterogeneous workloads from multiple environments—VMware, Hyper-V, Amazon Web Services (AWS), or physical servers—to Azure, we are announcing the general availability (GA) of application-aware, one-click migration with Azure Site Recovery," said Abhishek A. Hemrajani, a Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise senior program manager, in a July 16 announcement. Azure Site Recovery also enables customers to transfer those workloads between Azure regions. Currently, the company maintains 17 Azure regions across the globe, including Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and both U.S. coasts. In recent months, Microsoft has been bulking up its enterprise cloud capabilities in an effort to fashion Azure into the one-stop cloud for business workloads. A year ago, the software maker snapped up InMage, whose technology now powers much of Azure Site Recovery's platform-agnostic workload migration capabilities. And for a limited time, Microsoft is sweetening the deal for organizations looking to offload application workloads from their on-premises systems. "Customers can replicate on-premises workloads to Azure with Azure Site Recovery for 31 days at no charge, effectively making migration to Azure free," Hemrajani revealed.
Chances are that ASR can handle practically any application businesses intend to migrate to Azure. "ASR's tested and proven migration capabilities are available for a wide range of workloads including Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server," he added.