Enabling cloud-based backup and disaster recovery with Azure

Backing up your data is a key part of any business’s disaster recovery strategy. We take a look at how Azure’s cloud backup tools could save your bacon.

Back up with Azure

Most businesses have at least considered what they’d do in the event of a disaster. Many have fully-fledged disaster recovery plans. Microsoft, through its Azure cloud platform, now offers several services that can play a key role in any business’s backup and disaster recovery strategy.

Azure Backup – Microsoft’s core service in the cloud backup area – has developed into a very mature product, and continues to evolve. Used together with System Centre Data Protection Manager and Azure Site Recovery, it provides you with a powerful set of tools that can scale from a few servers to several offices’ worth.

Long-term data retention is another area Azure can simplify. Azure’s tools let you move away from traditional Tape or SAN (storage area network)-based backup to a cloud solution that offers long-term cost and reliability benefits. Azure Backup now supports Windows client operating systems, too, meaning you can really back up your entire enterprise.

When did you last look at or talk about your disaster recovery plans? Is it time to consider the part that Microsoft Azure can play for your business?

If you’d like to know more about the backup and recovery services offered as part of Microsoft Azure, please get in touch. We can also optionally cover this topic at our regular Director’s Briefings – register your interest here.

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