Last week, the Microsoft Virtualization Blog mentioned that it will be previewing Hyper-V Recovery Manager functionality that enables Microsoft Azure as a Disaster Recovery point for virtualized workloads. According to the blog:
The new functionality will add support for secure and seamless management of failover and failback operations using Azure IaaS Virtual Machines, thereby enabling our customers to save precious CAPEX and ongoing OPEX incurred in managing a secondary site for Disaster Recovery. Our enhanced DRaaS offering further delivers on our promise of democratizing Disaster Recovery and of making it available to everyone, everywhere. Hyper-V Recovery Manager provides enterprise-scale Disaster Recovery using a sing-click failover in the event of a disaster to an alternate enterprise data center or to an IaaS VM in Microsoft Azure. Application and Site Level Disaster Recovery is delivered via automation of overall DR workflow, smart networking, and frequent testing using DR Drills.
The preview was first announced earlier this month, during the TechEd 2014 “Implementing Enterprise-Scale Disaster Recovery with Hyper-V Recovery Manager, Network Virtualization and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2” session. That session, which is now available online, covers various aspects of Hyper-V Recovery Manager, an enterprise-scale Disaster Recovery solution that provides single-click failover in case of disaster. Network connection is a top setup challenge for disaster recovery infrastructures; the session covers how to simplify networking for disaster recovery setup. The session also covers enhancements to the solution for private datacenter-to-private datacenter scenarios. You can also find out more about Microsoft Virtualization solutions on the Virtualization page.