Microsoft adds a new disaster recovery feature

14 July 2014

Microsoft Azure is slowly inching its way into the hearts and minds of business professionals, enabling them to store and interact with their information from anywhere in the world.

As the program grows more popular, it's very likely enterprises are going to enroll their staff in Microsoft training courses comprised of classes delving into Azure. Recently, Microsoft unveiled a new feature to the solution that is sure to gain favor with executives looking to protect their critical applications and information.

A sophisticated function
According to The Register, Microsoft recently announced a new Hyper-V Recovery Manager function that allows companies to initiate automated backup recovery directly to Azure, appropriately dubbed Microsoft Azure Site Recovery.

Now, administrators don't have to manually replicate virtual servers. Encryption is automatically applied to the applications and information stored within the machines and cohesion with System Center Virtual Machine Manager is provided.

Offered in the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, the source noted that Microsoft will bill users on a monthly schedule, based on the average amount of virtualized servers Azure is protecting.

Fear is over a good thing
It's easy for the uneducated to assume the attitude of a reckless teenager. Despite the fact that numerous stories regarding teen car crashes appear over the news, some kids still continue to drive intoxicated or far over the speed limit. In other words, they think they're indestructible.

However, those with more life experience recognize they could very well be involved in such an accident. That's akin to what IT professionals realize. All the horror stories involving businesses that lost critical data and software never end well, even if they do manage to clean up the mess. That's why enterprises cognizant of the consequences train their staff to prepare for such an event.

The primary causes
There are a number of scenarios that could cause data centers to crash. Online Tech listed a couple of ways in which companies could sustain significant information loss:

  • Hardware fails: Although physical database assets are generally reliable, hard disks and other devices may still encounter problems.
  • People make mistakes: While issuing a command, an administrator may accidently write a script that tarnishes the system. Even the most assiduous, cautious workers can forget a vital step in a complicated process
  • Force of nature: The source noted that 30 percent of IT infrastructure failures were caused by natural disasters.

Providing professionals with the necessary, classroom-based instruction to leverage programs that combat disaster recovery is a good way for businesses to ensure that their data is protected.

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