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Integrating HP 3PAR StoreServ and Microsoft Azure Site Recovery for Disaster Recovery


Pariisa.jpgBy Parissa Mohamadi, Microsoft Solution Manager, HP Storage Marketing


Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Site Recovery for Enterprise Grade Storage Array-Based Replication and Disaster Recovery. Azure Site Recovery (ASR) enables you to protect, replicate and failover Virtual Machines (VMs), ensuring that your mission-critical applications are always up and running. Simply put, ASR acts as the orchestrator of the replication and the failover for the virtual machines that are managed by System Center.


So how does storage play into all this? Having Tier-1 storage that offers advanced availability features makes it much easier to implement ASR. Microsoft and HP worked together to enable you to link together your on-premise private cloud data centers on HP 3PAR StoreServ via Azure Site Recovery.


With that in mind: Are you in need of protecting your Tier-1 workloads? Or if you are a service provider, would differentiating yourself with DR and better SLAs make you more competitive? Are you using VMware SRM and need a similar capability for Microsoft Hyper-V? Are you considering a mass migration from one site to another?


If you answered YES to any of these questions, then read on to see what HP 3PAR StoreServ and Microsoft ASR can do for you.


What is the role of storage in Microsoft ASR?

Microsoft ASR works by relying on the storage system to replicate data across your data centers. ASR coordinates this activity along with VM management to failover one site to another. By using a Tier-1 storage system such as HP 3PAR StoreServ in your ASR deployment, you gain advantages such as offloading the host from doing additional work like replication, handling failure cases due to built-in enterprise resiliency and of course, carrying out data integrity checks.


HP 3PAR Remote Copy is the component in the 3PAR software that integrates seamlessly with ASR to create and manage protection groups for your Virtual Machines. Through integration with SNIA SMI-S, you create array-based replication groups directly from Microsoft ASR without the need for additional storage management resources. Failover, failback and recovery of HP 3PAR Remote Copy groups is managed in the Microsoft ASR user interface. You can now choose to protect your VMs with Hyper-V Replication or HP 3PAR Remote Copy array-based replication

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Why HP 3PAR StoreServ and Microsoft Windows?

HP 3PAR StoreServ provides the foundation for an efficient, simple, and agile Windows

Server deployment as you gear up to manage your Microsoft Private Cloud environment. You may choose to start small with HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 2-node systems and then consolidate multiple private clouds on your backup site on a massive 8-node HP 3PAR StoreServ 10800. You can mix and match between All Flash 3PAR StoreServ 7450 and any of our other HP 3PAR StoreServ systems.


Consider these HP 3PAR StoreServ benefits in Windows Server environments:

  • Full featured all-flash array with the same feature set as on our HDD-based storage systems
  • Capacity efficiency with thin technologies and deduplication across volumes in a storage pool
  • Storage capacity cost savings with thin provisioning, fine granular storage reclaim and thin clones technology for non-duplicative Hyper-V clones
  • Network load reduction and offload of storage operations from servers through integration with Windows Server ODX
  • Recovery Manager for SQL Server and Exchange so that databases and emails can be quickly recovered to a known point-in-time or to the point of failure.
  • Transparent site failover in a Hyper-V cluster for business continuity with Peer Persistence and HP CLX integration
  • No need to install and pay for additional multi-pathing software for every server with Microsoft DSM-based MPIO support
  • Easy management with PowerShell enabled storage system management
  • Comprehensive view of Microsoft environment through integration with System Center Operations Manager and System Center Virtual Machine Manager with
  • Quick and easy snapshot management with application-aware and VM-aware snapshot integration

Welcome peace of mind in protecting your applications from disasters

Check out your options for implementing a disaster recovery solution with HP 3PAR Peer Persistence and multi-site failover clustering and Hyper-V Live Migration of VMs with HP Cluster Extension software. And now Microsoft ASR builds on the foundation of HP 3PAR StoreServ as an enterprise mission critical storage solution so you have yet another choice to protect your applications.


Start planning your disaster recovery implementation NOW!


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