Azure File replication

Posted on 2014-08-13
Medium Priority
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
  • 2
LVL 14

Accepted Solution

Brad Groux earned 2000 total points
ID: 40258435
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 - http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-azure-storage-design-and-implementation-jump-start

Author Comment

ID: 40258444
Just what i was after thanks, i will review and post back with quesitons if i have any

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40350111
Pointed me in the correct direction.

Featured Post

When ransomware hits your clients, what do you do?

MSPs: Endpoint security isn’t enough to prevent ransomware.
As the impact and severity of crypto ransomware attacks has grown, Webroot has fought back, not just by building a next-gen endpoint solution capable of preventing ransomware attacks but also by being a thought leader.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Microsoft Office 365 is a subscriptions based service which includes services like Exchange Online and Skype for business Online. These services integrate with Microsoft's online version of Active Directory called Azure Active Directory.
The decision to migrate to the cloud is not a simple one—many factors, such a cost, ease of use, and ongoing maintenance come into play. The goal is always for cloud platforms to make storage and backups more seamless and effective. Here’s a look at…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing the necessary services and then configuring a Windows Server 2012 system as an iSCSI target. To install the necessary roles, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Featu…
Sending a Secure fax is easy with eFax Corporate (http://www.enterprise.efax.com). First, just open a new email message. In the To field, type your recipient's fax number @efaxsend.com. You can even send a secure international fax — just include t…
Suggested Courses

864 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question