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In the ever-evolving landscape of business, where innovation and resilience stand as pillars of success, business continuity is not merely a concern; it's the bedrock upon which organizations build their future. It involves meticulous planning and the fortification of resources through robust backup and disaster recovery measures, ensuring that enterprises can navigate disruptions without missing a beat. However, in the face of rapid technological advancements, this once straightforward journey has grown considerably intricate.
To help customers on this journey, I’m excited to announce the Public Preview of Azure Business Continuity (ABC) Center. Below, we’ll describe how organizations can benefit from ABC center and take advantage of the new capabilities.
Let's enter the world of Contoso, a forward-thinking organization. In their journey to adapt to the advent of digital transformations and the proliferation of hybrid work models, Contoso faces an unprecedented challenge—the growing menace of ransomware attacks. In today's digital age, the significance of backup and disaster recovery has never been more pronounced for Contoso, as for many other organizations. Contoso finds themselves at a crossroads where the demand to adapt isn't enough; they must excel in the face of adversity.
One notable trend among businesses is the inclination to diversify their data protection strategies. Contoso, too, has embraced this trend by investing in multiple vendors to shield their data across a rapidly expanding array of platforms. However, the complexity of managing diverse environments, spanning on-premises infrastructure and cloud solutions, poses formidable challenges. It has given rise to fragmented experiences and data fragmentation, leading to a host of issues:
- Extended time spent navigating different dashboards to monitor business continuity,
- Complexity in governance and compliance,
- Increased overhead for large-scale protection configurations,
- Extended recovery times when grappling with fragmented experiences and many more
Contoso meets Azure Business Continuity (ABC) Center
To help navigate these formidable challenges, Contoso is introduced to the Azure Business Continuity Center. This powerful tool provides a comprehensive solution for Contoso’s business continuity and disaster recovery needs. With an intuitive and user-friendly web-based interface of the ABC Center, the management journey of Contoso’s backup and disaster recovery operations at scale has simplified meticulously. Contoso can use ABC Centers’ innovative platform to centralize the critical BCDR functions, with a single point of control across diverse environments and solutions.
Contoso can now rest assured that their business continuity management is not only streamlined but optimized for peak performance with ABC Center.
Let’s see how Contoso benefits from ABC Center:
1. Centralized Views and Operations:
Contoso used multiple solutions for business continuity and so far, used separate interfaces to understand their protection estate and aggregated it manually. With ABC, Contoso can effortlessly view, monitor, govern, and audit compliance for protected items across various solutions and environments, including Azure and hybrid setups. Moreover, it equips Contoso admins with the ability to execute core actions from this unified interface. ABC has also simplified the process of finding, learning, and adopting the best fit BCDR solutions for Contoso.
2. Unified Monitoring:
Contoso had built separate dashboards and used automation to monitor their protection with multiple solutions. But now no more. With ABC Center, now Contoso gets holistic visibility and actionable insights into their BCDR estate which significantly reduces the time required to detect issues and take remedial actions. Contoso now uses unified views like jobs, alerts, metrics along with guided alerting and notification experiences, integrated troubleshooting for backup and disaster recovery scenarios, and default critical security alerts, ensuring a proactive approach to security.
3. BCDR coverage for Security:
In a world where security is paramount, Contoso had configured their environment to align with BCDR goals. But It's necessary for them to know if their configuration is in alignment with best practices for business continuity. So far, they have relied on consulting from MVPs and third-party partners. Now they are using the ABC Center proactive assessment capability for the configuration and able to quickly identify gaps in security settings. They can now evaluate the effectiveness of these settings to safeguard against threats like malware, ransomware, and intrusions, mitigating potential financial and data losses.
4. Governance and Audit Compliance:
Contoso adheres to various compliance standards. It’s very important for them to audit and prove compliance against those standards to stay in business. Now they use ABC to maintain regulatory compliance and optimizing costs. They are now able to configure their environment, preventing misconfigurations, ensuring full protection, and evaluating drifts around BCDR objectives from ABC Centers compliance capabilities. This not only minimizes risk but also helps in achieving regulatory compliance.
Contoso's management is delighted with the newfound sense of control and confidence. They can rely on the Azure Business Continuity Center to protect their data, applications, and services across hybrid environments, ensuring seamless business continuity.
In the ever-changing landscape of business, where resilience is a key to success, Contoso is now well-prepared to navigate any challenges that come their way. Contoso's BCDR management has undergone a revolutionary shift, with being more streamlined, optimized for peak performance, making them a resilient and robust organization in the face of adversity.
Learn more about ABC Center to understand how it can revolutionize your business continuity journey for the resources in West Central US. Please contact us to utilize the Azure Business Continuity Center for the management of Azure resources in other regions.