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Cloud | Posted on November 23, 2016

Using Veeam Direct Restore to Test/Dev your Azure migration

Want to migrate core workloads to Azure, but uncertain of risks and costs? Fear not!

The answer to your worries can be found in one of the last places you might expect: a backup and restore solution. Specifically, Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure, part of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5.

Paralyzed by the risk of moving business-critical workloads to Azure?

While most Softchoice clients wish to take greater advantage of Azure, many become paralyzed by the risk of moving business-critical workloads to the service. It’s hard to know with certainty just how an application will perform once you’ve made the switch. Because of this, many avoid the risk and only migrate non-critical data and applications. The result? Organizations fail to reap the more substantial business benefits they are trying to achieve from their cloud or hybrid IT strategy.

The worries around cost uncertainty are well-founded. We’ve noted that businesses are overspending by 270% on their Azure consumption, compared to their initial expectations. In fact, a small poll conducted during a webinar found that up to 75% of participants didn’t even know whether they were under or over-budget.

Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure

That is where Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure proves handy. With it, you can use Veeam’s popular backup and replication suite to create a test environment in Microsoft Azure. You can then use it for troubleshooting, and testing patches and updates.

According to Nick Vega, Senior Systems Engineer at Veeam Software, “Veeam creates an exact copy of any workloads—whether physical (P2V) or virtual (V2V)—in Azure. This allows businesses to get a good understanding of what those production workloads look like running in the cloud. Since the copy is identical, they can determine what it will cost, how it will perform, and the scope and size of virtual machines needed.”

It’s an effective solution for businesses with a hybrid IT strategy. With it, businesses can easily and affordably determine which workloads to leave on premise, and which will enjoy cost savings and performance improvements in the cloud.

“Rather than taking the leap and hoping for the best, we’re providing the testing ground,” says Vega. “Once they are comfortable with exactly how it’s running, Direct Restore can also complete the migration.”

Of course, the restored workloads must be Veeam backups. Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure replicates both physical backups created by Veeam Endpoint Backup and virtual ones made by Veeam Backup & Replication, such as Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Director.

The nice part is you can try it all out free with the company’s 30-day trial. Then go into the Microsoft Azure Marketplace and start up the Direct Restore appliance. You can deploy it instantly, and start immediately.

Want to learn more?

Interested in learning more about how Veeam Direct Restore can help make your Azure migration safe and sound? Contact our Softchoice dedicated Veeam expert, Attique Ajmal. He’d be happy to answer any questions you have and help you to determine what’s right for your business.

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