Azure Premium Storage users can now replicate their workloads onto SSDs

Microsoft is offering some Azure Site Recovery customers the option of using flash storage, rather than traditional hard drives for their backup services.

Azure Site Recovery is Microsoft s flagship backup service, and now users of Microsoft s Azure Premium Storage will get access to SSDs, a move the company claims will boost the speed of cloud applications and their backup counterparts in storage.


If you are running I/O input/output intensive enterprise workloads on-premises, we recommend that you replicate these workloads to Premium Storage, said Poornima Natarajan, a Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise manager.

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At the time of a failover of your on-premises environment to Azure, workloads replicating to Premium storage will come up on Azure virtual machines running on high speed solid state drives SSDs and will continue to achieve high-levels of performance, both in terms of throughout and latency.


Natarajan also gave customers more information about the upcoming Azure Storage Service Encryption SSE for data at rest.

SSE for Data at Rest will help customers protect their data to meet company regulations, according to Natarajan, with Storage Service Encryption encrypting data prior to persisting to storage and decrypting prior to retrieval.

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