Azure File replication

Posted on 2014-08-13
Last Modified: 2014-11-12
Hi All,
   I have been asked to put together a solution for a client for a new network. This needs to include back and recovery with some good redundancy.

The biggest issue i have is with the design team, they have approx 4TB of data at present. The Storage solution will need to cope with 10-15TB within the next 12 months. I would like to utilize the Azure platform but i am unsure the best way to attack this without over complicating the solution.

Due to the requirement of 3D Rendering and access speeds for files of 3-6GB data will need to be stored locally, we are looking at two options, Cheap QNAP storage or Faster HP SAN technology. We will be looking to attach the NAS/SAN direct to a HP Server for AD authentication & Security.

I know Azure have the ability to backup/Replicate a Hyper-V machine but is there a solution available for SAN level replication?

Has anyone completed a solution around these requirements as i would appreciate information on any working solution.

Question by:ncomper
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    Accepted Solution

    Windows Server 2012 (and even more so with R2) has complete Azure integration. You can setup an Azure Backup Vault in just a few minutes time. Azure Backup Vault is a crazy-easy turn-key solution (TechNet).

    Personally I'd build a clustered file server with DFS attached to the SAN/NetApp via fiber card. I'd then setup automated backup to Azure Backup Vault and/or I'd build out a hybrid cloud. Basically I'd build out another DFS server in Azure, and replicate my local DFS server to the Azure DFS server for added redundancy and complete control over replication... however many would find this overkill.

    Both scenarios work and both have their advantages and disadvantages. With the amount of data you're working with, cost will probably be the deciding factor.

    As an aside, I'd take the time to view this Windows Azure Storage training session from MVA -
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    Author Comment

    Just what i was after thanks, i will review and post back with quesitons if i have any
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    Author Closing Comment

    Pointed me in the correct direction.

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