Microsoft Azure Backup is a cloud-based backup service that is part of a larger package offered to customers through Azure Recovery Services, Azure recovery service vault. Although cloud-based, you can use Azure Backup on-premises via Microsoft Azure Backup Server. Azure Backup is easy to set up and provides consistent copy, security, and management tools through the Azure portal.
When it comes to On-premises, workloads are protected using the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent for virtual machine backups. Integration with Azure Backup Server (MABS) or System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM). You can use the virtual appliance with Azure Backup to back up SQL machine data in Azure, SAP HANA database files, folders, and system state in Azure. For example, a SQL database on an on-premises VMware Hyper-V VM (virtual computer) and a virtual machine that you create.
Backing up on Azure Servers
Azure Backup solutions provide IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) protection for servers hosted in Azure. This backup can be easily enabled using the Azure portal with little cost. This service is available for Windows and Linux virtual machines in Azure. This service is integrated with the VSS service for Windows virtual machines to provide application consistent backups. For Linux VMs, a file-consistent backup is created.
Using Azure Backup:
Evaluate Your Needs
The first step is to determine your company’s data protection needs. The steps listed here are based on what you originally put in place from your backup. Many companies are confused about recovery plans. They may lack strategies that align with recovery goals and what to expect in a particular situation. Certain London businesses must comply with laws, regulations, or markets to ensure the highest availability of services and disaster recovery. In the event of a catastrophic failure at the primary site of production, you should be prepared to recover your data and applications as planned.
Microsoft stores your backup information in Azure cloud storage, so it’s protected from anything that might harm the surrounding data centers. Backups stored in Azure can be your primary backup storage or an addition to another backup system you’ve already invested in. Moreover, users can easily manage and operate their data files on their Windows Cloud PC at the time of on-premises system failure or any other disaster.
Backup Performance and Time
Every organization’s recovery plan should include key parameters for good backups, appropriate intervals for tasks that require backups and expected performance.
These parameters should be unique for each specific workload. Choose a time that you can afford to lose data, also known as a recovery point objective (RPO) and a time that you can afford to repair or restore service. This is your Recovery Time Objective (RTO). Also, Azure Backup can streamline the backup process by creating backups of disks in VMs (virtual machines) at the same time.
Considering all the key benefits you get from Azure Backup, it eliminates the administrative burden of managing on-premises backup solutions, purchasing additional storage, licensing, and troubleshooting poor backup strategies.
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