Azure Backup is a cloud-based backup solution that provides simple, safe, and cost-effective solutions to back up your data and recover it from the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Although, cloud-native, it is even possible to use Azure Backup on-premises. As already mentioned, Azure Backup is simple to configure and use, and offers consistent copies with security features and management controls through the Azure portal.

Azure Backup Services takes point-in-time backups of your data from different sources: Azure VMs, SQL machines in Azure, SAP HANA databases in Azure, folders, Files, system state, SQL databases from on-premises, Hyper-V VMs, VMware VMs, and much more.

So, Azure backup backs up your important data, but are Azure servers backed up? The answer to that query is yes, they can be. Servers that are hosted in Azure in IaaS can be saved using Azure Backup. It is easy to enable this backup directly from the Azure portal with minimal configuration overhead. The service can be allowed for both Windows and Linux VMs in Azure. Azure Backups are kept in Azure storage, which is automatically created by the backup service. As Azure storage is billed on a pay-as-you-go basis, this serves as a very affordable backup solution for your data estate in the cloud. 

Features of Azure Backup

Both Backup and Site Recovery aim to make the system better resilient to faults and failures. Azure Backup has several benefits over more traditional backup solutions as traditional backups as traditional backup solutions, such as disk and tape, don’t offer the highest level of integration with cloud-based solutions.

  1. Long-term retention: Azure backup meets the compliance and audit needs of the organizations by retaining backups for several years, and can be easily set as per organizational requirements, beyond which the recovery points will be deleted instantly by the built-in lifecycle management capability.
  2. Zero-infrastructure backup: Office 365 Mailbox Backup Services eliminates the requirement to deploy and manage any backup infrastructure or storage. This implies there’s no overhead in maintaining backup infrastructure.
  3. Security: Azure Backup protects your backup environment – for data in transit and at rest.
  • Azure role-based access control: RBAC lets you segregate roles as per organizational needs.
  • Encryption of backups: Backup data is automatically encrypted operating Microsoft-managed keys. You can even encrypt your backed-up data using customer-managed keys stored in the Azure Key Vault.
  • No internet connectivity required: When using Azure VMs, all the data transfer occurs only on the Azure backbone network without any need to access your virtual network. 
  • Soft delete: With soft delete, the backup data/files are retained for 14 days after the deletion of the backup item. This protects against accidental deletion scenarios, allowing the recovery of those backups with zero data loss.

Azure Backup even offers the ability to back up virtual machines encrypted with Azure Disk Encryption (ADE).

  1. High availability: Azure Backup offers 3 types of replications – LRS, GRS, and RA-GRS to keep your backup data highly available and resilient.
  2. Centralized monitoring and management: Azure Backup supplies built-in monitoring and alerting capabilities in a Recovery Services vault. These capabilities are available without any extra management infrastructure.

Conclusion

Azure Backup makes it easy for you to back up and restore your most vital information when the unexpected happens. Apps4Rent provides managed Azure Backup Services and takes responsibility for the design, delivery, and management of system software, infrastructure configurations, and Azure service consumption. Apart from that Apps4Rent even provide a service of Hosted Virtual Desktop Cloud and support to their customers which makes them the perfect partners to choose for the service.