Azure Backup

Ready for a more effective backup?

Not only do organisations possess and use more data than ever before, they now face a growing risk to the security and integrity of this information. Backing up this data safely and securely must be an integral part of any effective long-term business strategy.

Azure Backup the answer

It is a simple, cost-effective backup-as-a-service (BaaS) solution that delivers protection for your data wherever you have it; on servers, on clients and in the cloud. It is entirely scalable and available without any upfront investment; pay the monthly fee and you’re ready to go.

Azure Backup combines minimal maintenance with cost efficiency, consistent tools for off-site backup, unified application availability and protection for all your data, everywhere.

Azure Backup ensures your data is stored safely and can be recovered easily. Azure Site Recovery replicates, fails over and recovers workloads, so that they remain available when failure occurs.

Protect critical assets everywhere

Azure Backup provides comprehensive protection for applications, including SharePoint, Exchange and SQL Server; files and folders. It also provides effective backup for Windows servers and clients; and Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) virtual machines.

Cloud beats tape backup

Driven by business needs or compliance requirements, organisations must keep and protect their data for years, with the amount needing to be stored growing significantly every day.

Tape has always been the favoured option for long-term retention of data. But now Backup is a viable alternative to tape, offering shorter recovery times and almost a century of safe retention in UK-based data centres if required.

Typically, Backup also offers cost-savings, with lower prices for the size of the backed-up data combined with the availability of much cheaper high bandwidth connections.

Backup as a Service

Your data is encrypted before it leaves your datacentre, transfers via a secure connection and is encrypted again before being stored in Azure. Three copies of your data will be made and all will be stored in different locations within the data centre.

Thanks to Microsoft opening data centres in England and Wales, three more copies can be stored at another datacentre entirely, hundreds of miles apart to satisfy the exacting requirements of law firms based in the UK.

At least 99.9% availability of the backup and restore functionality of the Azure Backup service is guaranteed to offer complete peace of mind.

Efficient, flexible and cost-effective

Following the initial backup completing, only incremental changes are made at scheduled times, which can be specified as daily, weekly, monthly etc. You decide how much data you can afford to risk losing weighed against the cost of more frequent backups.

Azure Backup comes with built-in features to improve efficiency, like compression, encryption, longer retention and bandwidth throttling. And all at a price to attract interest.

There are no termination charges, with this pay-as-you-go model. You just rent the storage you require on a monthly basis, nothing more, nothing less. To give you an idea of how easy and cost-effective it is, a backup instance of 250GB is likely to cost less than £14 per month, when hosted in one of Microsoft’s UK regions.

Azure Backup in brief

  • Simple and reliable cloud-integrated backup
  • Daily, weekly, monthly or annual protection schedules
  • Protects data on-premises and in the cloud
  • 99.9% availability guaranteed
  • Efficient incremental backups
  • Data encrypted in transit and stored
  • Geo-replicated backup store
  • Centralised monitoring and reporting

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