We continue our series of “Getting Started” articles, with most up-to-date information I use with Microsoft Partners and customers when enabling them with Azure infrastructure services. I follows the same structure which is: getting started, training videos if available, then reference architectures, capacity planning and pricing information.
Backup is generally not creating a lot of excitement in IT teams, that’s the very least we can say. The fundamentally difficult parts of it are:
defining data retention and archival policies.
defining the appropriate sizing for the solution.
executing the offsite data copy policy.
I’m not even talking about testing the restore of the backup, because people usually don’t do it
Here’s really why Azure can help:
You only have to size for the local backup storage system, archival is done is the cloud.
With all hidden costs of tape systems included like offsite processing, storage on cloud is very likely to be always cheaper than any on-premises storage.
You can easily test restoring data in a separate and isolated environment.
You can easily backup files on servers and client with a small backup agent
You can easily backup your applications running on Hyper-V on Vmware with Azure Backup Server.
Here’s what you need to get started building solutions on Azure:
In this series of “Getting Started” articles, I will post the most up-to-date information I use with Microsoft Partners and customers when enabling them with Azure infrastructure services. I follows the same structure which is: getting started, training videos if available, then reference architectures, capacity planning and pricing information.
Disaster Recovery Plans aka DRP is one the most ungrateful work in IT. Because basically you are going to prepare for some situations that will be painful and difficult. However, this is a good exercise to protect against one of the most prevalent laws in IT: “Anything (Everything) will fail at some point, and very likely at the worst time”.
It puts you in a state of mind that most of people don’t like.and you will ask your boss money for something that you hope will never be used.
That’s where the cloud can help, for both virtualized and non virtualized workloads. Here’s how in 4 easy steps:
First step consists of replicating your production workloads as they are running.
Second step is to automating the disaster recovery plan execution.
Run the workloads in Azure.
Replicate your virtual machines back to your datacenter.