Microsoft Taps Flash-Based Cloud Storage for Business Continuity
Microsoft is now offering customers a new cloud-based disaster recovery option that uses solid-state drives (SSDs) instead of disk-based storage.
Enterprises using Azure Site Recovery, the company's business continuity offering, can replicate their demanding workloads to the company's Premium Storage tier of cloud storage. Instead of placing data on traditional spinning disks, Azure Premium Storage plans use SSDs packed with flash chips to speed up cloud applications and associated storage operations.
Now, courtesy of a new upgrade, customers can enlist those SSDs to help businesses avert disruptions to their critical applications.
"If you are running I/O [input/output] intensive enterprise workloads on-premises, we recommend that you replicate these workloads to Premium Storage," wrote Poornima Natarajan, a Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise program manager, in a blog post. "At the time of a failover of your on-premises environment to Azure, workloads replicating to Premium storage will come up on Azure virtual machines running on high speed solid state drives (SSDs) and will continue to achieve high-levels of performance, both in terms of throughout and latency."
Customers can now use Azure Site Recovery to replicate virtual machines and servers to Microsoft's high-performance cloud storage service.
According to Natarajan, Premium Storage provides applications with performance ratings of up to 80,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) and 2 gigabytes per second disk throughput.