To enable our customers to move heterogeneous workloads from multiple environments – VMware, Hyper-V, Amazon Web Services (AWS), or physical servers – to Azure, we are announcing the general availability (GA) of application-aware, one-click migration with Azure Site Recovery. With this new GA, all of Microsoft Migration Accelerator’s functionality is now incorporated into Azure Site Recovery. ASR also enables migration of customer workloads between Azure regions. Customers can replicate on-premises workloads to Azure with Azure Site Recovery for 31 days at no charge, effectively making migration to Azure free.
Microsoft’s comprehensive Availability on Demand (AoD) solutions empower our customers to take advantage of the hybrid cloud by enabling enterprise scenarios such as cloud-integrated disaster recovery, cloud migration, and DevTest. Microsoft Azure and our availability offering, Azure Site Recovery (ASR), allow organizations to harness a near unlimited amount of compute and storage, combining the agility that you need to innovate quickly, while seamlessly leveraging and extending infrastructure investments.
With AoD, customers can use ASR to migrate heterogeneous workloads to Azure and solve IT challenges with the power of Microsoft Azure:
*** AWS Windows instances can be migrated to Azure
Reduce the burden on IT and lower costs for your on-premises infrastructure by decreasing demand on internal resources and infrastructure
Control where you run apps and store data for a true hybrid experience
Leverage Microsoft Azure, a scalable and reliable platform, for both Tier 1 and Tier 2 workloads
Increase datacenter agility with on demand, near-limitless cloud scalability
ASR’s tested and proven migration capabilities are available for a wide range of workloads including Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server:
Move applications with near-zero downtime: Move a single application or an entire datacenter to the cloud with minimal impact to production users
No-impact migration testing: Replicate production workloads into Azure, execute tests to ensure readiness, then onboard users into the cloud for no-impact migration
Replicate data once, for migration or recovery: With ASR and AoD, you replicate application data only once, and can then use that data to perform disaster recovery, migrate workloads, or create DevTest environments in Azure
Here are a few resources to get you started:
Setup protection between on-premises VMware virtual machines or physical servers and Azure
Setup protection between on-premises Hyper-V Site and Azure
The following table lists the different on-premises source environments that can now be migrated to Azure with ASR:
Supported Guest OS Types
Hyper-V 2012 R2
All Guest OS types supported by Azure
Hyper-V 2008 R2 SP1 and 2012
Windows* and Linux*
VMware vCenter Server 5.0, 5.5, ESXi 5.0, 5.5 and Physical Servers
Windows* and Linux*
Amazon Web Services (Windows AMIs only)
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1+
All Guest OS types supported by Hyper-V
*Limited to Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1+, CentOS 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.4, 6.5, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3
Once you are ready to get started, check out additional product information, to start migrating your workloads to Microsoft Azure using Azure Site Recovery. We’ve also made it easier to try Azure Site Recovery to enable Availability on Demand, and to extend and help protect your datacenter. You can use the powerful replication capabilities of Site Recovery for 31 days at no charge for every new physical server or virtual machine that you replicate.
Azure Site Recovery will also be available to Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) customers to deliver hybrid cloud management capabilities unmatched by any other cloud vendor. OMS extends the value of System Center and helps you manage and protect your corporate workloads no matter where they run – Azure or AWS, Windows Server or Linux, Hyper-V or VMware.