3.8 out of 5 (4 Ratings)
Apr 26, 2017
Azure Site Recovery (ASR) was a logical step for us for disaster recovery since we are a Hyper-V shop, and at the time of the decision, recovery was more flexible and agile for us. Since then, with the adoption of InMage, it makes it no difference on what you use between virtualization platforms, or if you even have only physical, ASR can handle that now too. Getting to the end result took a year and coordinating with a "Gold Partner" to help us get setup. We started off in the old portal (ASM) and then wanted to move the new Azure portal, and the migration path they gave us didn't work, to say the least. So we tore down and completely rebuilt from the ground up our ASR process in the new portal, which is MUCH better. So far Azure has had its moments of pure frustration, and anytime you talk to Microsoft about it, they swear its on the roadmap, and more times than not, they do come through. So if ASR doesn't work for you today, give it six months. It comes with a pretty steep learning curve, and so long as your environment is full of legacy applications and servers, and is pretty simple, ASR is a great DR solution. Being able to recover a whole data center into an isolated bubble for two weeks, and RDP into servers in the bubble to test has proved to be very awesome. I think ASR has a lot more to go to, but it definitely has the potential to become the new DR strategy for any company. We still stand in the middle, part of us want to move forward and keep ASR, while others are hesitant and desire to have more of a "brick and mortar" approach to DR. All across our org, we have very mixed feelings on Azure site recovery.
Apr 21, 2017
ASR has been fairly easy, compared to other Microsoft vendors. Standard Windows servers (Apps, File Servers) are very easy to backup. However a few things to be aware of Azure 1TB disk limits. There can be 5min delay in changes, making some decisions on Databases that are transaction based necessary. Also make sure you have Engineers that can do Powershell, otherwise any type of deployment at scale will be troublesome. Finally you need to be aware of the continual change in Azure, so test and test often.
Feb 28, 2017
Product works as advertised. Azure restrictions are limiting to more broadly leveraging the service.
Feb 27, 2017
We used InMage many years before it was purchased by Microsoft and became ASR. Microsoft took some time to get up to speed, but now they have a product that works very well. We have only used this in a site-to-site capacity, but have tested with Azure and it has worked well.