Microsoft has a long history of extremely poor product naming. But, this latest instance might show that there’s hope for the company. For many, this is bigger news than some might realize.
As part of a new feature rollout, Microsoft listened to customers and took the poorly named VM Backup Stack V2 and renamed it to Instant Restore.
Instant Restore for Azure is a valuable new feature that has the following functions:
- Ability to use snapshots taken as part of a backup job that is available for recovery without waiting for data transfer to the vault to finish. It reduces the wait time for snapshots to copy to the vault before triggering restore.
- Reduces backup and restore times by retaining snapshots locally, for two days by default. This default vault is configurable to any value between 1 to 5 days.
- Supports disk sizes up to 4 TB.
- Supports Standard SSD disks.
- Ability to use an unmanaged VM’s original storage accounts (per disk), when restoring. This ability exists even when the VM has disks that are distributed across storage accounts. It speeds up restore operations for a wide variety of VM configurations