Azure File and Folder Backups

Azure Backup

Azure 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 Recovery Services vault in Azure.
Key benefits

●● Offload on-premises backup. Azure Backup offers a simple solution for backing up your on-premises
resources to the cloud. Get short and long-term backup without the need to deploy complex
on-premises backup solutions.

●● Back up Azure IaaS VMs. Azure Backup provides independent and isolated backups to guard against
accidental destruction of original data. Backups are stored in a Recovery Services vault with built-in
management of recovery points. Configuration and scalability is simple, backups are optimized, and
you can easily restore as needed.

●● Get unlimited data transfer. Azure Backup does not limit the amount of inbound or outbound data
you transfer, or charge for the data that is transferred.
Outbound data refers to data transferred from a Recovery Services vault during a restore operation.
If you perform an offline initial backup using the Azure Import/Export service to import large amounts
of data, there is a cost associated with inbound data.

●● Keep data secure. Data encryption allows for secure transmission and storage of your data in the
public cloud. You store the encryption passphrase locally, and it is never transmitted or stored in
Azure. If it is necessary to restore any of the data, only you have encryption passphrase, or key.

●● Get app-consistent backups. An application-consistent backup means a recovery point has all
required data to restore the backup copy. Azure Backup provides application-consistent backups,
which ensure additional fixes are not required to restore the data. Restoring application-consistent
data reduces the restoration time, allowing you to quickly return to a running state.

●● Retain short and long-term data. You can use Recovery Services vaults for short-term and long-term
data retention. Azure doesn’t limit the length of time data can remain in a Recovery Services vault. You
can keep it for as long as you like. Azure Backup has a limit of 9999 recovery points per protected
instance.

●● 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
storage devices. Azure Backup automatically allocates and manages backup storage, and it uses a
pay-as-you-use model, so that you only pay for the storage you consume.

●● Multiple storage options. Azure Backup offers two types of replication to keep your storage/data
highly available.

●● Locally redundant storage (LRS) replicates your data three times (it creates three copies of your
data) in a storage scale unit in a datacenter. All copies of the data exist within the same region. LRS
is a low-cost option for protecting your data from local hardware failures.

●● Geo-redundant storage (GRS) is the default and recommended replication option. GRS replicates
your data to a secondary region (hundreds of miles away from the primary location of the source
data). GRS costs more than LRS, but GRS provides a higher level of durability for your data, even if
there is a regional outage.

✔️ What are some of the reasons your organization might choose Azure Backup? Is your organization
using Azure Backup?
For more information:

What is Azure Backup – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-overview#
why-use-azure-backup

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