Hyper-V Recovery Manager Sports New Name, New Features

Along with new name, Azure Site Recovery will come with file sharing that takes VM migrations in mind.

Microsoft Hyper-V Recovery Manager, its tool for disaster recovery that was released in January, has been renamed to Microsoft Azure Site Recovery. The renaming was announced at the Microsoft TechEd Conference in Houston, and will be released next month.

The change is more than cosmetic, as Microsoft is stepping up its effort to make Azure the preferred hot site for data recovery.

Azure Site Recovery is designed to protect important workloads and applications by replicating them and making them available for recovery. The company said it extends the notion of using a secondary data center to replicate sites to using its Azure public cloud service.

"What if you don't have a secondary location?" asked Matt McSpirit, a Microsoft technical product manager, during an opening keynote where he demonstrated the service. "Microsoft Azure Site Recovery, [provides] replication and recovery of your on-premises private clouds into the Microsoft Azure data centers."

Microsoft also announced plans to release Azure Files, which will let organizations use move their virtual machines to Azure with an SMB storage head as a shard store. Microsoft describes Azure Files as a file sharing service, and it will be available as a platform as a service offering where administrators can configure apps in Azure and access shared files without having to manage them explicitly.

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Jeffrey Schwartz is editor of Redmond magazine and also covers cloud computing for Virtualization Review's Cloud Report. In addition, he writes the Channeling the Cloud column for Redmond Channel Partner. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreySchwartz.


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