All About AzureSimple and reliable cloud integrated backup as a serviceUnified solution to protect data on-premises and in the cloud99.9% availability guaranteedReliable offsite backup targetEfficient incremental backupsSecure—data is encrypted in transit and at restGeo-replicated backup storeAzure Backup is the Azure-based service you can use to back up (or protect) and restore your data in the Microsoft cloud. Azure Backup replaces your existing on-premises or off-site backup solution with a cloud-based solution that is reliable, secure, and cost-competitive. Azure Backup offers multiple components that you download and deploy on the appropriate computer, server, or in the cloud. The component, or agent, that you deploy depends on what you want to protect. All Azure Backup components (no matter whether you're protecting data on-premises or in the cloud) can be used to back up data to a Backup vault in Azure. See theAzure Backup components table(later in this article) for information about which component to use to protect specific data, applications, or workloads.Why use Azure Backup?CLOUDMarketing ProgramCloud Marketing Program| 1 |
Traditional backup solutions have evolved to treat the cloud as an endpoint, or static storage destination, similar to disks or tape. While this approach is simple, it is limited and doesn't take full advantage of an underlying cloud platform, which translates to an expensive, inefficient solution. Other solutions are expensive because you end up paying for the wrong type of storage, or storage that you don't need. Other solutions are often inefficient because they don't offer you the type or amount of storage you need, or administrative tasks require too much time. In contrast, Azure Backup delivers these key benefits:Automatic storage management- Hybrid environments often require heterogeneous storage - some on-premises and some in the cloud. With Azure Backup, there is no cost for using on-premises storagedevices. Azure Backup automatically allocates and manages backup storage, and it uses a pay-as-you-use model. Pay-as-you-use means that you only pay for the storage that you consume. For more information, see the Azure pricing article.Unlimited scaling- Azure Backup uses the underlying power and unlimited scale of the Azure cloud to deliver high-availability - with no maintenance or monitoring overhead. You can set up alerts to provide information about events, but you don't need to worry about high-availability for your data in the cloud.Multiple storage options- An aspect of high-availability is storage replication. Azure Backup offers twotypes of replication: locally redundant storageand geo-redundant storage. Choose the backup storage option based on need:Locally redundant storage (LRS) replicates your data three times (it creates three copies of yourdata) in a paired datacenter in the same region. LRS is a low-cost option for protecting your data from local hardware failures.