Azure Backup is a simple and cost-effective backup-as-a-service solution that extends tried and trusted tools on premises with rich and powerful tools in the cloud. It delivers protection for customers’ data no matter where it resides
in the enterprise data centre, in remote and branch offices or in the public cloud
while being sensitive to the unique requirements that these scenarios pose. Azure Backup, now in a seamless portal experience with Azure Site Recovery, offers minimal maintenance and cost efficiency, consistent tools for off-site backups and operational recovery, and unified application availability and data protection.
Compelling cloud-based backup alternative to tape
Due to business or compliance requirements, organisations are required to protect their data for years, and over time this data grows exponentially. Traditionally, tape has been used for long-term retention. Backup provides a compelling alternative to tape with significant cost savings, shorter recovery times and up to 99 years of retention.
Secure and reliable backup as a service
Your backup data is secure over the wire and at rest. The backup data is stored in geo-replicated storage which maintains 6 copies of your data across two Azure data centres. With 99.9% service availability, Backup provides operational peace of mind.
Efficient and flexible online backup services
Backup is efficient over the network and on your disk. Once the initial seeding is complete, only incremental changes are sent at a defined frequency. Built-in features such as compression, encryption, longer retention and bandwidth throttling help boost IT efficiency.
Azure Site Recovery
Simple, automated protection and disaster recovery in the cloud
Your environment can be protected by automating the replication of the virtual machines based on policies that you set and control. Site Recovery can protect Hyper-V, VMware and physical servers, and you can use Azure or your secondary data centre as your recovery site. Site Recovery coordinates and manages the ongoing replication of data by integrating with existing technologies, including System Center and SQL Server AlwaysOn.
Orchestrated disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS)
Automate the orderly recovery of services in the event of a site outage at the primary data centre with Site Recovery. Applications can be brought up in an orchestrated fashion to help restore service quickly, even for complex multi-tier workloads. Easily create disaster recovery plans in the Microsoft Azure classic portal, where they are stored. The disaster recovery plans can be as simple or as advanced as your business requirements demand, including the execution of custom Windows PowerShell scripts and Azure Automation Runbooks and pauses for manual interventions. Customise networks by mapping virtual networks between the primary and recovery sites, and test disaster recovery plans whenever you want without disrupting the services at your primary location.
Replication and disaster recovery to Azure
Replicating your workloads to Azure enables new capabilities. Applications can be migrated to Azure with just a few clicks, or burst to Azure temporarily when you encounter a surge in demand. Run reports and analytics on copies of production workloads in Azure without having an impact on users. DevTest new versions of applications with copies of live data, then seamlessly put the new version into production in your data centre.
Continuous health monitoring with Site Recovery
Site Recovery monitors the state of your protected instances continuously and remotely from Azure. When replicating between two sites that you control, your virtual machines’ data and replication remains on your networks. All communication with Azure is encrypted. When replicating to Azure as the secondary site, your data is encrypted and you can also select encryption for data at rest.