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Azure Backup

Updated: Mar 15

Azure Backup is a cost-effective, secure, one-click backup solution that is scalable based on your backup storage needs. The centralized management interface makes it easy to define backup policies and protect a wide range of enterprise workloads, including Azure Virtual Machines, SQL and SAP databases and Azure file shares.

Azure Backup also replaces our existing on-premises or off-site backup solution with a cloud-based solution that is reliable, secure, and cost-competitive. It is not only used as cloud storage to back-up our data to the cloud, but we can also use our existing local disc to back-up the data.

Advantage of Azure backup –

  • Capacity - Cloud backup solves the storage capacity problem. There are many business benefits to the unlimited storage capacity cloud-based backups offer.

  • Cost - Cloud backups work on a pay per use subscription model which has a very low barrier to entry.

  • Simplicity - Cloud backup solutions are simple to deploy if we compare these to traditional on-premise backup solutions.

  • Freedom - With Cloud backups, there are no long-term contracts and no investments in hardware, software, and storage.

  • Management - Cloud backups ease the management burden of administering data protection solutions.

Support Backup Types -

  • On-premises - Back up files, folders, system state using the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent. Or use the DPM or Azure Backup Server (MABS) agent to protect on-premises VMs (Hyper-V and VMware) and other on-premises workloads

  • Azure VMs - Back up entire Windows/Linux VMs (using backup extensions) or back up files, folders, and system state using the MARS agent.

  • Azure Managed Disks - Back up Azure Managed Disks

  • Azure Files shares - Back up Azure File shares to a storage account

  • SQL Server in Azure VMs - Back up SQL Server databases running on Azure VMs

  • SAP HANA databases in Azure VMs - Backup SAP HANA databases running on Azure VMs

  • Azure Database for PostgreSQL servers (preview) - Back up Azure PostgreSQL databases and retain the backups for up to 10 years

  • Azure Blobs – Backup Azure Blobs from Azure Storage account

How Azure Backup Works –

Azure Backup delivers these key benefits:

  • Offload on-premises backup

  • Back up Azure IaaS VMs

  • Scale easily

  • Get unlimited data transfer

  • Keep data secure

  • Centralized monitoring and management

  • Get app-consistent backups

  • Retain short and long-term data

  • Automatic storage management

  • Multiple storage options

Backup features

The following table summarizes the supported features for the different types of backup :

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