In more news from our Microsoft Dynamics community, Azure is Microsoft’s new cloud computing platform that offers both infra-structure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS). It creates and manages applications and services through Microsoft’s data centres and delivers website creation, virtual machines, cloud services, data management, business analytics, mobile services, networking, backup, site recovery, development tools etc.
Microsoft Azure Back up is a key component of Microsoft’s Azure cloud services. It is a multi-tenanted (i.e. multiple users using the same application) cloud service which enables data to be backed up to the Azure cloud. Azure replaces on-premise or other offsite backup solutions and offers world-class reliability, security and competitiveness. Azure Backup is built on Microsoft’s enterprise infrastructure and is scalable, resilient and highly available – as to be expected from a global services company.
Why should I back up to Azure?
Historically, SME organisations would back up data to an on-premise device or to an outsourced small to mid-sized data centre. However, organisations are increasingly using Azure Backup as prices, reliability, integrity and data management offers a compelling solution for their backup needs. There are 10 compelling reasons for switching to Azure Backup, these are:
- The integrity, resilience and security offered by Azure Back up delivers a better quality of service than other solutions in the same price band.
- Azure Backup is a part of a larger Azure suite with complementary world-class Azure services.
- For data and applications held across multiple devices and locations, Azure Backup protects critical applications including SharePoint, Exchange and SQL Windows Servers, Windows Clients and Azure IaaS VMs.
- Many organisations must retain data for years. Tape has been used for cheap long-term backup. Azure Backup provides a competitive alternative with superior digital storage and much easier recovery.
- Azure services now offer increased pricing competitiveness, delivering enterprise computing at SME prices.
- Incremental data changes are periodically sent to Azure backup using compression, and encryption delivering efficiency and longer retention.
- Backup management is left to Microsoft rather than to customers.
- Customers using data centres to store data use Azure services to automatically transfer files stored in the data centre to Azure Backup.
- In keeping with modern PAYG pricing models, Azure has no upfront costs, no termination fees and a ‘pay for what you use’ model.
- Backup data is secure with 6 copies of your data saved across two Azure data centres. Azure also offers 99.9% service availability.