In this article, we will share with you how Azure Backup can replace your existing off-site backup to minimize the storage footprint, operation cost, and provide secure protection for your data against any malicious attack or accidental deletion.
Data protection in today’s world is becoming more critical than ever. With the increasing amounts of data in this all-connected world comes more data that needs to be protected. According to various reports, backup is listed as one of the top 5 priorities that IT leaders and businesses continue to have in today’s world.
You may ask – what is different about backup? Data and backups have been there forever – so why does anything need to change and why should I be interested in it?
In the current state of the art backup solution, you need to worry about storage to provision for backup storage as well as for off-site and long-term backup retention. Then you need to manage compute to ensure all the backups happen within business SLA, and then you need to stand up infrastructure to monitor and manage those backups. Ideally, when you move your business to the cloud, you should not have to worry about any of that. This is one of the key benefits to examine as you look at backup solutions that support your deployment whether hybrid or cloud-first model.
As you look at various backup solutions in the market to deploy for your hybrid and cloud-first deployment model, it is important to examine the approach they have taken against this framework and ensure you select the solution that delivers on all that the cloud has to offer.
Introducing Azure Backup
With Azure Backup, Microsoft has taken a cloud-first approach by building it as a multi-tenanted platform as service (PaaS) to deliver backup as a service (BaaS). It is architected to support the full spectrum of born in the cloud applications (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), fully delivers on all the cloud promises as well as transforms both admin personas into higher-leveraged roles in a cloud transformed IT world of backup.
Azure Backup has first-class support for IaaS including SQL and SAP workloads running on Azure as IaaS VM, as well as supporting backup of SQL PaaS for long-term retention needs. This also includes support for Azure Files and Azure File Sync and soon other Azure PaaS artifacts.
Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent, Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) and System Center Data Protection Manager (SC DPM) integrate seamlessly with your on-premises and private cloud deployments today including Linux and VMware virtual machines which gives you full fidelity of backups on-premises (Disk-to-Disk) or to extend their protection to the cloud (Disk-to-Cloud) for off-site long-term retention and secure backup.
Benefits of Cloud First Backup
Since there is no infrastructure to manage (other than the on-premises footprint), it enables you and the infrastructure admin to do higher leverage tasks such as ensuring compliance with the policy that is increasingly complex to manage in a hybrid world. The application admin is more agile in meeting his backup and restore SLA needs because of the self-service model. This model allows both personas to provide a higher impact on the organization by freeing them of managing infrastructure.
This approach also enables scenarios beyond backup to deliver even more value. As a first-class PaaS backup service in Azure, it can easily leverage other services in Azure in a secure manner to deliver more value to customers. For example, rich monitoring and reporting using PowerBI. Azure Backup has a central repository of all the monitoring events for your hybrid backup deployment and can easily feed them into the PowerBI service and provide access to rich reports and dashboards, as well as integrating advanced security to protect you from ransomware attacks, rogue admins or accidental deletion. This is either not possible or very difficult to set up where your existing backup application is running on-premises or in an IaaS VM.
Azure Backup Pricing
The billing model for Azure Backup is paying as you go (PAYG) and offers unlimited storage scale to provide BaaS to businesses. Since all the service infrastructure is owned and managed by the Azure Backup platform, there are no additional costs for the backup and there is complete freedom from managing infrastructure. The restores are free (no egress charges) and self-service. This model delivers fully on all the cloud promises when it comes to backup.
Azure Backup is a cloud-based backup solution that is part of broad service presented to customers through Azure Recovery Services Vaults. Though cloud-native and platform as a service (PaaS), it is also possible to use Azure Backup on-premises as well as in the cloud. Azure Backup can replace your existing on-premises and off-site backup solution with a cloud-based solution that is reliable, secure, and cost-competitive.
Azure Backup is simple to configure and use, offering consistent copies with security features and management controls via the Azure portal.
We hope this article gave you a broad overview of how Azure Backup can help you move your off-site backup and long-term retention to the cloud while minimizing operations overhead, reduce licensing costs, and increasing data protection against security threats. If you would like to discuss this solution in more detail, please contact your account manager at itnetX to help you with your cloud transformation journey in a well-governed and secure design.
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Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Azure