Azure Recovery Services are powerful tools that help protect your organisation’s data and operations from disaster. Yet more than just a tool, Azure can change how your infrastructure is maintained. It can shore up the weaknesses and vulnerability of physical servers and expand the range of IT management solutions you use.
The first thing to understand is that Azure as a platform opens up doors to improve efficiency for managing infrastructure, operations, and access rights.
The migration takes some preparation, and can be handled smoothly if you take it step by step. In the end, this leads to a more reliable approach to disaster recovery. You’ll have both a more expansive solution for recovery and a recovery solution that’s easier to implement and delegate in the event of a disaster.
What Business Continuity Should Feel Like
Azure Recovery Services are oriented around Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS). The goal is seamless business continuity with near zero downtime.
Think of shifting gears from one speed to another while driving. You don’t shift gears and then wait 30 seconds for the car to think about it, and then kick in the change. This would ruin an engine and risk accidents.
Instead, you make the shift and the change occurs immediately. There’s no downtime. In your driving experience, there’s no perception of a gap where you don’t control the car, what it does, and where it goes.
Business continuity should be like this. There shouldn’t be a day or even hours spent while you scramble to get everything back in order. This would ruin business and risk ripple effects for days to come – for you and for clients and customers alike.
Business continuity needs to be seamless. You can’t perceive the gap when you shift to your disaster recovery solution. You keep on controlling what you do and where you go without interruption. Business continuity through Azure Recovery Services pick up just like shifting to a different gear, without you needing to change how you drive or perceive the traffic and road around you.
Have High Expectations
Raise your expectations of what disaster recovery should provide. Expect it to enable you and your employees, from a technical and operations standpoint, to continue business to the full extent of your ability under normal circumstances.
Microsoft Azure allows use of critical systems without dedicated hardware needing to be devoted to it. As we saw with flooding in recent years, and ransomware attacks this last year, disasters both natural and man made can turn physical hardware into junk at a moment’s notice.
The Ability to Adapt to Disaster
Because your information is backed up on redundant servers that are well-protected and in safe environments, you’re no longer bound to on-premises backup solutions. This gives you flexibility to deal with emergencies and disasters that limit your access to, or the function of, a specific location.
With Azure Site Recovery, you can shift operations as you need them to the devices that are most appropriate. It utilises the full extent of Microsoft Azure’s advanced access rights to ensure security across these devices, but it guarantees you can draw your information and operations over to additional devices as necessary. This helps you maintain operations even when certain physical devices have fallen prey to a debilitating attack.
Expect more from disaster recovery plans and business continuity, and look for it from Azure Recovery Services.