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