Gartner Research

Comparing Approaches to Azure Cloud-Based DR

Published: 04 October 2017

ID: G00336628

Analyst(s): Lowell Shulman


Many organizations investigate using IaaS public clouds as DR locations rather than building or utilizing an existing secondary data center. Technical professionals focused on BCM/DR must choose the appropriate deployment approach when considering Microsoft Azure for disaster recovery.

Table Of Contents



  • Background
  • Azure DR Deployment Approach Definitions
    • Approach No. 1: Custom-Made IT Backup/Replication Solutions
    • Approach No. 2: Azure Site Recovery
    • Approach No. 3: Third-Party DR Orchestration Tools
    • Approach No. 4: Vendor-Managed by Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service Provider
  • Assessment Criteria
    • Size/Complexity of Primary IT Infrastructure Support
    • Supported RPO/RTO
    • Failover/Failback Orchestration
    • Hypervisor and Physical Server Support
    • Data Replication Method
    • DR Exercise Capability
    • Manageability
    • Costs
  • Azure DR Deployment Approach Comparison
    • Approach No. 1: Custom-Made IT Backup/Replication Assessment Details
    • Approach No. 2: Azure Site Recovery Assessment Details
    • Approach No. 3: Third-Party DR Orchestration Assessment Details
    • Approach No. 4: Vendor-Managed by DRaaS Provider Assessment Details


  • Cloud-Based DR Considerations
    • Azure Regional Availability
    • Network Bandwidth and Latency
    • VM Image Conversion
    • Operational Implications
    • Azure Skills
    • Security
    • Cost Model
    • Vendor Lock-In
  • Questions to Ask
  • Choosing the Right Approach

The Details

  • Azure Services
    • Azure Regions
    • Compute Services
    • Storage and Backup Services
    • Replication Targets
    • Backup Targets
    • Network Services
    • Monitoring

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