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Disasters, whether internal or external, can cause significant damage to an organization. While adequate disaster recovery (DR) is necessary to safeguard against all threats, DR may often be overlooked due to cost or complexity issues. However, with the emergence of cloud computing, DR can be cost-effectively implemented across all workloads – not just critical workloads. Cloud computing also facilitates virtualization that positively impacts disaster recovery. Virtualization abstracts the physical server components, eliminates the need for replicating equipment, simplify the recovery process, and improves Recovery Point Objective (RPO).

Azure Site Recovery (ASR) helps orchestrate simple DR plans by automatically replicating critical workloads to Microsoft Azure or to a secondary data center. The data is continuously synchronized and can be recovered in case of a disaster. It also mitigates the challenge of ensuring secure data migration from online to off site platforms by ensuring unified data transfers to Azure or to alternate data centers.

This paper discusses how ASR can enhance the resilience of business-critical applications by safeguarding, replicating, and implementing a failover of VMs directly to Azure data center. It also describes how ASR can provide several benefits and ensure business continuity with an effectively DR strategy.

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