Azure Services: Azure Backup

There are many backup systems available out there these days, but not all of them have the particular unique advantages of Azure Backup.  Here are some of the benefits of the Azure Backup service in terms of how it can enhance the functioning of your business.

Azure Backup Overview

Any service that focuses on backup is going to have to do something different than the others in order to stand out from the crowd, given the fact that there are so many versions of these systems. Azure Backupdoes this by trying to innovate across all fronts in terms of automation and flexibility. After all, it’s like your business is going to evolve over time, so you should have a backup service that can adapt as well. Obviously, this type of advantage is going to depend on the type of business you have, but it’s often worth checking the features to see if it’s a good fit.

Avoid the Downsides of Physical Storage

If you’re relying on physical options for storage and backup, such as through tapes, paper, or anything else that’s physical for the accounting or other records necessary to your business, switching to the cloud is going to be of an immediate benefit to you.

After all, you’re not going to want to rely on nothing bad happening in the physical location where you run your business, regardless of whether it’s highly digital in nature or not. After all, just about any calamity that happens in your physical working space, such as a flood or power failure or another disaster, could cause you to lose your backups and more. That’s the danger of having backups in the same area as your main business information.

You can choose whether you want data to be replicated locally o replicated more geographically somewhere else. There’s often the option to choose where it’s stored, but it’s important to note that local laws could apply based on where you have everything stored.

Pay as You Go with Flexibility

Instead of being stuck with a monthly fee which could include services you may not use in that month, Azure Backup gives you the option to pay what you use. With those other pay models, for example, if you change some of the files that you’re storing because you don’t need them anymore, such as when you no longer need to back up old tax or accounting information for your store, you end up paying for the storage you aren’t using anyway. But, with a “pay as you go” model, you’re only paying for it if it’s stored there. This also means that you don’t generally need to pay for any extra fees, anything upfront, or even any termination fees.

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The system also has automatic management that allocates the storage where you need it automatically. This could include some storage in the cloud and some on-premises if that’s what you want.

Encrypt Data

It can be a dangerous world out there in cyberspace these days, with reports of data thefts occurring on a regular basis. That’s why it’s important to make sure you add encryption, and Azure Backup is known for this. You just use a password to access and store the data locally, which means not in Azure. So, the separation here will help with security.

Store Indefinitely

There’s no limit for how long you store the data so you can use it for short-term storage for backups you only need to be backed up temporarily, and then switch over to adding in data that you’re going to need backed up for the long haul. This also gives you considerable flexibility in making sure your business records remain safe in whatever form you require.

The only limitation you have is a 9999 recovery points for each protected instance cap. Beyond that, you can use it however you want for as long as you want.

Scale Limitlessly

Another aspect of Azure Backup that is particularly useful for online businesses and E-commerce is hot you can gain access to the backups based on your need. You don’t have to worry about the data being there when you want it, and you don’t have to worry about constantly monitoring it yourself or dealing with constant maintenance which would require a lot of time and effort on your part, plus skilled employees you can trust to handle it, depending on the scale of the operation.

Use Multiple Components Based on Need

There are many different components you can make use of including the System Center component that gives you access to Recovery Services vault, snapshots for applications, and support for Linux. There’s the Mars Agent, the Backup Servers, and others. The flexibility here is also going to help you acclimate the tool for your business specifically.

Take Advantage of Microsoft’s Security Level

Microsoft spends a lot on research and development. In fact, they are the 3rd largest spender for this worldwide. The point of this is that you know that your data will be continually protected from attack as long as you trust Microsoft as they will be researching ways to counter various new security threats as they appear. And the truth is that security threats do appear constantly and they are likely to continue to appear on into the future.

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This is why it’s good to go with Azure and Microsoft if security is a particular concern of yours since you have that brand to back it up.

Save Space and Get Security for a Remote Office

By moving customer storage backup to the cloud, you won’t have to worry as much at storing data at remote offices, including the extra costs related to this if you end up with a business that is large enough. That way you have access to it no matter where you are, or no matter who in your business needs to use it. After all, you never really know for sure exactly when you’re going to need it.

Learn Quickly

This also tends to be an effective choice if you want to get the tool up and running quickly for fast backup. The reason for this is that it’s actually free to download it initially. You don’t need anything like an SQL license or System Center like you might when it comes to other systems and services. There are a number of tutorials online that you can watch in order to get a more full sense of what all of the features are. The tutorials will also show you in a step by step way exactly how you can get started by setting up the tool, register it properly, and then start using it the way that you want to use it.

There’s not a huge barrier to use as a result, the way there might be with other tools. Since it’s pay as you go, and since you don’t need a lot of extra upfront setup or extras to get it going, it’s often an ideal choice for those who are handling everything on their own and don’t have completely extensive experience with using this type of commercial backup system.

For more information about using Azure systems as well as other, similar tools, or other similar topics, please make sure that you contact us as soon as you can.

About Jeff Collins

Experience and Expertise make the difference when searching for top cloud providers. Appliedi has provided managed cloud services since 1999.