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Azure backup of Azure IaaS VM to a different region

It would be ideal if we could push the Azure backup of our Azure IaaS Vms to a different region. This would give people a lot more peace of mind in the event of a datacentre failure.

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  • sujit das commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    What in case if recovery vault service is not available in one region. How to perform backup ?

  • Samir FARHAT (MVP) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Even if i support this idea, i don't think it's for DR purposesl because in this case, ASR eill be the solution since it's designed for this. But providing the possibility is great since it's first an insurance in case of Disaster, and may be suitable for many organizations depending on their needs.

  • Erwen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You can select GRS when you configure your backup account. This will replicate your backups to another region. Regarding the comment below about a region being offline: It is not the job of the backup service to provide availability. You need to properly architect a DR site and/or DR plan.

  • Shahiddev commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a really important requirement, there have been incidents recently where a region was offline due to a networking update issue. We couldn't access the storage so couldn't restore services to a different region to mitigate.
    At the moment we are having to look into creating a hand-rolled backup option which works across regions.

  • Samir FARHAT (MVP) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Usually, we make backup on the same region (even on-prem), this is what we name hot backups.
    But for cold backups, usually long term retention or externalized backups must be located in another region.
    Maybe an Idea of extended backup will be appreciated in Azure (ie copy the already backed up sets to another Azure region)

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