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This week Microsoft holds its dynamic Ignite conference, where attendees explore tomorrow’s tech scene and connect onsite with innovators and partners.  TierPoint is looking forward to showcasing our Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and managed Azure services, which take full advantage of Microsoft’s solutions in Azure, including Azure Site Recovery.

TierPoint has been an innovator in the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program for years. In February we became a member of an elite group – one of less than a dozen US-based managed hosting and cloud providers that have achieved the designation of Microsoft Azure Authorized Indirect Cloud Solution Provider. In this capacity, TierPoint and our partners serve as trusted advisors to Azure customers and deliver one-stop shopping for managed Azure solutions, including disaster recovery (DR).

When a client comes to us for managed services such as DRaaS, we craft a custom solution for their environment. We tailor the solution to meet their recovery objectives, desire for a fully managed or self-service solution, failover requirements, existing IT environment, long-term goals, preferred target environment, and compliance and security needs.

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Why DRaaS customers choose Azure Site Recovery

Our customers have a choice to automatically failover to any of several geographically diverse cloud solutions, including Azure. There are a variety of reasons our clients choose Azure Site Recovery, including:

Hybrid IT flexibility: Most organizations deploy a mix of cloud types and on-premises resources –physical and virtual. At TierPoint, we’ve built our business by recognizing the value of hybrid IT solutions for real-world scenarios. Microsoft also recognizes this, and Microsoft Azure is flexible. Whether you need a disaster recovery solution for site-to-site, site-to-Azure, Azure-to-Azure, or use a VMware or a Microsoft Hyper-V server as a source, Azure can cover any of these DR scenarios. It’s a one-stop shop.

Only pay for what you use: The Azure cost model can be advantageous for disaster recovery, because you aren’t paying for computation resources you don’t use. This approach allows you to flow these cost savings into moving further up the failover automation stack, and by doing so you are able to bring the components of your environment back online faster.

Long-term objectives: Like backup and devtest (a development and testing environment), DRaaS is often a first workload that a customer will put in a public cloud such as Azure. If your company plans to move production to Azure in the future, it makes sense to start your learning curve with managed Azure services and Azure Site Recovery for your disaster recovery workload. In this way, you can become familiar with the Azure environment.

Software-defined DR: No disaster recovery program is successful without recovery. Beyond replicating your data, software-defined DR allows you to rapidly failover to the replicated data and get users accessing your recovered systems more quickly – nearly instantaneously. There are many network components that need to be attached and connected before your end-users can get online using recovered systems. TierPoint uses software-defined technologies to integrate recovery from multi-platform production applications and databases.

Microsoft treats infrastructure like software and has invested heavily in automation and runbooks. You can use network policy to automatically discover a virtual machine (VM) when it comes online and add it to a load balancer, for example. Firewall policy, load balancer policy and availability sets on Azure make automated failover and high availability easier. Your TierPoint DRaaS team uses capabilities like these to bridge gaps and enable a fully automated solution.

Test failover capabilities: The ability to test a recovery plan is nearly as vital as the plan itself.  Azure Site Recovery provides full test failover support to validate your replication strategy or to perform a disaster recovery drill.  Even better, doing a test failover doesn’t have any impact to the ongoing replication or your production environment (no data loss, no downtime).  Whether you are testing failover for a single virtual machine or your entire recovery plan, Microsoft can accommodate your testing strategy.

Security:  For customers that need PCI compliance, for example, the Azure Site Recovery solution within Azure retains a litany of certifications for compliant DRaaS. Like Microsoft, TierPoint has an ongoing focus on security. We offer a full portfolio of  managed security services.

TierPoint is your trusted partner for managed Azure services

Azure has reached the prime time as a valuable cloud solution for DR and more.  At TierPoint we understand disaster recovery, DRaaS, and Azure Site Recovery at a deep level. Beyond replication and turning systems on, we create policy-based, software-defined solutions that bring recovered systems online quickly for our managed Azure customers – and their users.

If your organization is like most, disaster recovery is not a revenue generator for you – it’s an insurance policy. TierPoint’s DRaaS lets you take advantage of our economies of scale to ensure your systems achieve your availability goals and failover goes smoothly.

 

David McKenney serves as TierPoint’s Azure product evangelist and subject matter expert in customer, partner and industry influencer interactions. He oversees the strategy, product rollout and technical direction of TierPiont’s Azure line.  Dave is a 15-year veteran of the industry and enjoys wearing the hat of ‘problem solver’ and jack-of-all-technical-trades.