Protect your data and services with Microsoft Azure Site Recovery

Azure Site Recovery replicates your data/servers to the Azure Cloud. You pay a flat fee per instance protected with ASR, as well as the storage costs (per GB) for the replicated data. After that, you only actually pay for ASR compute in the event of an outage. Your on-premises servers have an orchestrated failover to Azure, and your services are up and running as virtual machines in the Azure cloud. Once you are able to failback to on-premises, you can shut the services down in Azure and the compute cost meter stops ticking. Schools can have confidence in their Business Continuity strategy for critical servers and applications, and can manage all of these processes from a single Azure admin console.

What can Site Recovery Protect?

  • Azure VMs: Site Recovery can replicate any workload running on a supported Azure VM
  • Hyper-V virtual machines: Site Recovery can protect any workload running on a Hyper-V VM.
  • Physical servers: Site Recovery can protect physical servers running Windows or Linux.
  • VMware virtual machines: Site Recovery can protect any workload running in a VMware VM.


  • Failover and Recovery- Run planned failovers for expected outages with zero data loss, or unplanned failovers with minimal data loss (dependent of replication frequency) for unexpected disasters. Failovers are not automatic. You can initiate failovers with a single click in the portal.
  • Simplify Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery- You can replicate, failover, and recover multiple workloads from a single location in the Azure portal. Site Recovery orchestrates replication and failover, without intercepting application data. Site Recovery also integrates with other BCDR technologies.
  • Multiple VM Failover- Set up recovery plans that include scripts and Azure automation runbooks. Recovery plans allow you to model and customize failover and recovery of multi-tier applications that are spread over multiple VMs.
  • Near-synchronous replication- Site Recovery provides replication frequency as low as 30 seconds for Hyper-V and continuous replication for VMWare.
  • Simple Network Management- Advanced network management in Site Recovery and Azure simplifies application network requirements, including reserving IP addresses, configuring load-balancers, and integrating Azure Traffic Manager for efficient network switch-overs.
  • Security- Site Recovery does not intercept replicated data and it doesn’t have any information about what’s running on your virtual machines or physical servers. Replication data is exchanged between on-premises Hyper-V hosts, VMware hypervisors, or physical servers and Azure storage or your secondary site. Site Recovery has no ability to intercept that data. Only the metadata needed to orchestrate replication and failover is sent to the Site Recovery service. Site Recovery is ISO 27001:2013, 27018, HIPAA, DPA certified, and is in the process of SOC2 and FedRAMP JAB assessments.