AZURE SITE RECOVERY

Provide DRaaS for Multi-tier Applications and Entire Data Centers

Case Studies

“ASR will give a new level of comfort to the business, especially around Tier 1 applications that directly influence the company’s ability to generate revenue or that protect the integrity of our brand through consistent, always available, quality service.”

Lee Bingham, Head of IT at Paul Smith

ORCHESTRATE REPLICATION AND MANAGE SYSTEM FAILBACK PROCEDURES

Most IT managers think of Azure Site Recovery as a DR as a Service, replicating on-premises apps to IaaS in Azure, which fire up in a failover solution. While that is true, there’s also an option to replicate to other data centers, not just to Azure.

At its core, Azure Site Recovery is a control panel, delivered as an Azure service. It stores specific disaster recovery orchestration rules and makes them securely accessible from any location. In an actual DR situation, human interaction is minimal, because the system-level DR process has been created in advance and is executed out of Azure.

As a DR solution, Azure Site Recovery offers several benefits:

  • You only pay for storage and outbound data, not for CPU/RAM of systems that are sitting idle.  Azure’s costs are simple, and don’t require rack space and contracts with third parties
  • Security rules enabled for DRaaS also can apply to IaaS and other apps in Azure
  • IT pros use existing knowledge of VMWare and Hyper-V rather than learning new skills

 

With Azure, Marquette gained a DR solution that leveraged its current infrastructure and was familiar to its staff, rather than a third-party solution that costs US$60,000 and requires a major learning curve.

 

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SOLUTIONS

 

BEST PRACTICES

While there are many considerations for implementing a cloud-based DR solution, the best practices for designing a DRaaS include:

  • Analyze cost and ROI, comparing public clouds like Azure to secondary data centers 
  • Determine RPO/RTO and performance requirements, then assess applicability of replicating to Azure vs replicating to other DR locations 
  • Assess your organization’s DR tenant location, to ensure it’s located in a different region than your core data center to protect against regional disasters
  • Ensure security (policy, identity/access, VM and network security, monitoring/alerting)
  • Model dependencies and sequencing, to configure in which order the applications and supporting services should be failed over (i.e. SQL may need to be failed over and activated before an application server). 
  • Plan for capacity and bandwidth, not only for initial replication, but also for delta replication and peaks
  • Test frequently. You can use Azure Site Recovery’s to create a copy of your environment, on an isolated network mirrored test environment where you do DR drills as often as you want, without impacting production. The replication continues in production while you're testing your DR in its sandbox.
  • Ensure complete replications.

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2015 Microsoft Partner of Year

 

2015 Microsoft Partner of Year

Communications Market Acceleration

 

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Why we won the award…

What technologies we provide users is an important decision, but perhaps the most important question of all is “will they use it?” Enabling’s “Lights, Camera, Adoption!” Organizational Change Management program provides customers with the tools required to successfully drive user acceptance and high adoption of new technologies. Enabling ensures that everyone in the organization is excited to use the new technology with fun and exciting pre-planned deployment plans. Operational Change Management made all the difference with one of Enabling’s local clients. Enabling just finished up working with this new client to deploy Lync Enterprise Voice at over 70 locations with more than 7,000 users. They were able to use the preplanned roll out plans from Enabling Technologies to insure a successful adoption.

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2012 Microsoft Partner of Year

 

 

2012 Microsoft Partner of Year

Unified Communications Solutions. Instant Messaging / Presence / Conferencing / Voice

 

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Why we won the award…

Our client, one of the nation’s leading architecture and engineering firms, wanted to improve customer relationship management. They required their project managers to take notes of customer phone calls in Dynamics’ CRM. However, their PMs only used CRM to log calls, and rarely kept it open and available. Getting to CRM’s call notes page took eight mouse clicks for each phone call, taking time and effort. Many times, the PMs were unwilling or unable to spend the extra time to comply with procedures. Enabling created ETC CRM Sync, which uses Lync APIs to automatically pop a screen to the customer’s CRM page, where the PM can immediate start taking notes. The integration significantly reduced the time and effort it normally takes to log the call notes in CRM. Not only did Enabling’s solution save their project managers time, but the company has much more accurate reporting and a complete call history for all their clients in CRM.

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2010 Microsoft Partner of Year

 

 

2010 Microsoft Partner of Year

Unified Communications Solutions. Instant Messaging / Presence / Conferencing / Voice

 

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Why we won the award…

Our client, a global provider of strategic outsourcing services, looked to Enabling for assistance rolling out Unified Communications to their organization. Depending on the time of year and the status of outsourcing contracts, user counts ranged between 7,000-14,000. They needed to replace their older Avaya PBXs and Voicemail systems. Enabling designed and implemented Lync, including Enterprise Voice, and Exchange Unified Messaging. In addition, Enabling used Lync’s APIs to connect to the client’s attendance/absentee tracking system. When an employee called in sick, Lync’s IVR took the call, prompted the caller to enter an employee ID and reason for absence, then inserted the information into the attendance application. Lync would then place an outcall to other potential substitutes and prompted them to ask if they’d be able to cover the shift. This saved FTEs from having to manually handle the process, and enabled quicker coverage for absenteeism. Lync not only proved to be a reliable voice system, but Enabling turned it into an extensible business enabler.

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