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Azure Backup

Updated: Dec 15, 2023

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


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

Backup features



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