Microsoft has announced the Preview of Disaster Recovery for VMware Virtual Machines (VMs) and Physical Servers to Azure using Azure Sites Recovery. With this update, Microsoft is delivering on their promise to enable workload-aware disaster recovery for your heterogeneous IT environments.
The new features build on top of the technology that came with the acquisition of InMage Systems to deliver the following key functionality:
- NEW Heterogeneous Workload Support on various different Windows and Linux editions with replication to and recovery in Azure
- NEW Automated Discovery of VMware vCenter Server managed virtual machines for replication to and recovery in Azure
- NEW Continuous Data Protection with software-based replication to provide near-zero Recovery Point Objectives (RPO)
- NEW On the Fly Conversion of source VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) files to bootable target Azure Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) files, ensuring low Recovery Time Objectives (RTO)
- NEW Multi-VM Consistency using ASR Protection Groups to ensure that all tiers in an n-tier application replicate consistently and failover at the same time
- NEW Failback to VMware Infrastructure from Azure when on-premises data center comes back up post disaster
- ENHANCED Active-Passive Replication that does not require running target Azure virtual machines at the time of replication, unlike other competitive disaster recovery products, thereby reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
- ENHANCED Single-Click Failovers with ASR Recovery Plans to provide end-to-end workload-aware disaster recovery and orchestration at low Recovery Time Objectives (RTO)
- ENHANCED Rich Health Monitoring for replication, failover and failback with events and e-mail notifications
Read more about it here.