Microsoft Azure Backup is offered as a stand-alone service by Microsoft Azure. Accessed through the Azure console, it facilitates centralized oversight and management of backup and recovery activities. Not covered in this research is the separate and complementary Azure Site Recovery service, which offers DRaaS capabilities including replication and failover, recovery orchestration and workload migration.
Microsoft Azure Backup can back up and offers granular (e.g., of specific files and folders or individual SQL databases on Azure), application-consistent restores for a number of sources including:
- Azure File Shares
- Azure VMs
- SQL Server in Azure VMs
- SAP HANA in Azure VMs
- On-premises – bare metal, VMware, and Hyper-V VMs
- On-premises – file storage, SQL servers, SharePoint, and Exchange servers
Customers can restore to an on-premises system or in the Azure cloud. The product also can maintain policies for long-term data retention and apply them on demand. For security purposes, data at rest is encrypted and multi-factor authentication is used. Soft delete, with a retention of 14 days is enabled free of charge to protect backup data from accidental and malicious deletes. Dynamic reporting, including alerting of suspicious behavior, is included. The service is managed to 99.9% of availability with remedial actions including credits outlined by Microsoft. Front- and back-end resources are included. The customer is responsible for managing backup and restore activities.
Microsoft Azure Backup Product Review Includes:
- Architecture Deployment
- EvaluScale Product Review Methodology
- Evaluator Group’s Opinion
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