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How to Protect Applications and Data on Azure Stack?

By: Netreo
September 27, 2017

The Azure stack is offering powerful support to the cloud computing running in Microsoft Datacenter over the 40 regions. Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK). It’s helping the countries to develop and design their strategies as well as allowing them to a modern app by using hybrid cloud services. Like the other strategies, business continuity and disaster recovery is an important part of a comprehensive strategy which has become easier with the help of Azure Stack. Business continuity and disaster planning is an important part of every company to manage the risk and Azure lets them make objects of different applications which meet their business needs.

Azure Stack BC/DR Areas

Azure stack BC/DR strategy covers the four main areas, and you can implement this strategy over it. It protects the underlying infrastructure of IaaS virtual machine and PaaS services. Moreover, tenant application data the protection of PaaS-based applications are stored with the help of Azure BC/DR. For the long-term retention, you can archive PaaS data and can also protect IaaS based applications.

How to Get Backup and Restore IaaS Virtual Machine-Based Applications?

Azure Stack is designed to support Windows and Linux based applications which can be deployed on the virtual machines. The purpose of backup products is to protect files, application data, OS state, and folder. The compatibility of the products lets you use Microsoft products by combining them with third-party applications or directly to Azure. It also gives you the liberty to use it with service provider applications.

What are the Replication and Failover for IaaS Virtual Machine-based Applications?

Providing additional protection is the only solution to the applications which needless downtime and designed to ensure minimal data loss. Backup and restore are the two necessary features of these applications. Transfer the data to another location or check the efficiency of the application by orchestrating the failover. Azure Stack offers the flexibility to replicate data to Azure by using Azure Site Recovery and create the failover within the Azure. You can also replicate the data to another location or third-party replication. These features provide extra protection to both application and data.

Protecting Applications and Data on Azure Stack

What are the Important Considerations for General Ability?

  • Azure Stack never supports installing agents and infrastructure servers as it’s designed to support only protected applications at the guest level of IaaS. This feature is also known as Azure’s In-guest protection.
  • In the general availability, Azure Site Recovery offers support to failover and you need to shut down the IaaS machine to ensure failback from Azure to Azure Stack. Afterward, copy the data to Azure Stack Instance and recreate the IaaS Virtual Machine.
  • It offers site to site protection while Azure Backup Server is supported by Azure Stack Cloud and third-party products.

How to Recover the Catastrophic Data Loss?

It’s necessary for the companies to make powerful BC/DR plan against the disaster that permanently loss data at azure Stack. The deployment of the Azure Stack demands the involvement of your hardware vendor, while you can recover the tenant application without deploying the new cloud if you have a secondary site.

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