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Public preview: Simplified disaster recovery for VMware machines using Azure Site Recovery

Published date: August 31, 2021

Today we’re officially announcing the public preview of a simpler and more reliable way to protect your VMware virtual machines using Azure Site Recovery, for recovering quickly from disasters.

We have performed a major overhaul of the hybrid disaster recovery solution and now offering these enhancements:

Automatic upgrades for ASR replication appliance and Mobility agent

A big deal breaker with the current architecture was manually updating various configuration server components and mobility service. To simplify things we now support automatic upgrades – as soon as an update arrives, both the appliance (revamped configuration server) and mobility service will be updated automatically and that too, out of business hours.

Additionally, for automatic upgrades, machine's root/admin credentials will not be required anymore. With this preview, the credentials will be required only for the initial installation.

Easier scale management

The appliance is now a single unit of management and all its components have been converted into micro-services which are hosted on Azure. This will not only make the troubleshooting much easier, but scale management also becomes much smoother. To scale out an appliance, you will just need to setup another appliance and voila, it is done.

High availability for appliance

Appliance resiliency has also been a highly asked about topic and we have that covered too. With the preview, you don’t need to take regular backups of your appliance anymore – just spin up another appliance and switch all your machines to the new appliance. All the selected protected machines will be switched to the new appliance without needing to go through the complete replication again.

Learn more about the preview architecture and check out the release notes for detailed list of improvements.

  • Azure Site Recovery
  • Features
  • Management

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