Azure Backup is a reliable, inexpensive, and scalable data protection solution for backing up on-premises data to the cloud. Safeguard your critical business data with zero capital investment and minimal operational expense.
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Through March 31, 2015, Backup will be charged based on the total amount of data stored. During this time, we don’t charge for bandwidth, storage, storage transactions, compute, or other resources associated with providing the backup service. All existing Backup customers will be transitioned to the new pricing model below on April 1, 2015.
|Compressed Data Stored Per Month||Price|
|First 5 GB / month 1||Free|
|Greater than 5 GB / month||$0.2 per GB per month|
The pricing for Backup effective April 1, 2015 reduces the cost of Backup for servers with larger amounts of data and accommodates backing up client machines. The Backup service will be charged based on the size of each protected instance in increments of 500GB. Additionally, Azure Storage will now be charged for separately providing the benefit of lower storage costs over time. Customers will have the flexibility to choose between LRS or GRS Block Blob Storage (see additional storage pricing details).
|Data Stored Per Protected Instance Per Month||Price|
|Instances up to 50GB of data||$5 per protected instance + Storage consumed|
|Instances between 50GB to 500GB of data||$10 per protected instance + Storage consumed|
|Instances greater than 500GB of data||Increments of $10 for each 500GB + Storage consumed|
Backup is not available in the North Central US region. Please select another region.
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Backup is not available in the East US 2 region. Please select another region.
Backup is not available in the Central US region. Please select another region.
Backup is not available in the US Gov Virginia region. Please select another region.
Backup is not available in the US Gov Iowa region. Please select another region.
The new pricing has two components:
These will appear as separate line items in your monthly Azure bill.
The model for charging customers for every GB of backup data stored is an effective model when backup data is retained for short periods of time. With the continual enhancements to the Long Term Retention capabilities in Azure Backup and the ever increasing volumes of data being backed-up, the per-GB model of charging becomes cost prohibitive for customers retaining data for long periods of time. The new business model allows customers to use the economies of scale offered by Azure Storage, and at the same time continue to enjoy the benefits of the enhancements delivered by Azure Backup.
As with the current per-GB model, customers will not be charged for any restore operations or outbound network bandwidth (egress) that are typically associated with restore operations.
The primary driver for this change is that customers get great value for using Azure Backup. Customers can save up to 80% when using LRS Block blob storage and the new pricing, when compared to the per-GB model.
|Protected Instance size (GB)||Per-GB Azure Backup Price ($)||New Price and Savings with LRS Block Blog storage ($)||New Price and Savings with GRS Block Blob storage ($)|
|25||$5||$5.6 (-12%)||$6.2 (-24%)|
|50||$10||$6.2 (38%)||$7.4 (26%)|
|75||$15||$11.8 (21%)||$13.6 (9%)|
|100||$20||$12.4 (38%)||$14.8 (26%)|
|250||$50||$16 (68%)||$22 (56%)|
|500||$100||$22 (78%)||$34 (66%)|
|1000||$200||$44 (78%)||$68 (66%)|
The new pricing will be applicable to all Azure Backup customers.
Protected Instance is the unit of billing used in Azure Backup, and the software price charged is based on the size of the machine being protected (aka “front-end size”). Thus the larger the Protected Instance, the more that the customer will be billed for it. As an example, if there is a File Server with a 2200GB volume that is protected to Azure Backup then the customer will be charged $50/month (2200GB/500GB = 4.4, rounded up to 5 increments of 500GB each, and charged at $10 per increment).
There are three major categories:
The number of Protected Instances can be estimated by adding up the following:
The bill for each protected instance will depend on the “front-end” size of that protected instance.
The "front-end" size of a protected instance is the sum of all the data that is being protected to Azure Backup, from that machine (before compression). Data on the machine that is not protected, does not count towards the size of the protected instance.
|Protected Instance||Size of protected instance|
|Virtual machine||Virtual hard disk sizes being backed up to Azure.|
|Microsoft SQL Server||Databases and instances being backed up to Azure|
|Microsoft File Server||Files and Folders in the volume(s) that are being backed up to Azure|
|Microsoft SharePoint||Total size of the SharePoint content farm being protected to Azure|
|Microsoft Exchange||Size of the mailboxes on the Exchange server that are backed up to Azure|
|Microsoft Windows (client)||Files and Folders in the volume(s) that are being backed up to Azure|
There is a smaller tier that would be ideal for smaller servers and client machines. If the "front-end" size of the Protected Instance is less than 50GB, then it falls into the lowest pricing tier at $5/month.
No, the usage is prorated based on the number of days in the month that the machine has been protected for.
No, the protected instance is not charged based on the amount of data that is stored in Azure ("backend data"). The data stored with Azure Backup is charged at Azure Block Blob storage rates. The charge for the protected instance is completely based on the "front-end size" and is not impacted by different backup and retention policies.
Yes, the Azure Backup agent needs to be upgraded to the latest version to take advantage of the new pricing. Using an older agent will adversely impact the "front-end" size of protected instances being billed.
With the new pricing, the backup data stored in Azure (aka "backend size") is billed at Block Blob rates for the region.
This depends on the storage choice selected for the backup vault. The choice of storage for the backup vault are: Locally Redundant Storage (LRS) or Geo-Redundant Storage (GRS).
Yes, it is supported. The backup data in each vault will be billed at the appropriate LRS or GRS Block Blob rates for the region where the vault is located. The customer has complete control of the Azure storage bill with the vault choices that are picked.
The Azure Storage pricing page gives a primer about the value of LRS and GRS storage types.
Backup data retained for immediate, operational/item-level recovery should ideally be placed on Geo-Redundant Storage. This ensures that another copy of the backup data is available at all times for time-critical recoveries. For example, it is recommended that Azure IaaS VM backups are stored on GRS.
Cost conscious customers looking for cheap storage for long term retention (on-premises tape-replacement) would find great value in using Locally Redundant Storage.
The total amount of backup data held in Azure Backup (the “backend size”) for a specific Protected Instance changes with respect to the following factors:
The backup vault Dashboard page will show the total data from the servers registered to the vault. It will also show the type of storage used for the backup vault.
As with the current pricing, you do not have to pay for storage transactions with Azure Backup. These are included as a part of the software price that you pay.
ExpressRoute charges are not covered by Azure Backup. The customer will continue to pay for Azure Backup independently and for ExpressRoute based on the port speed that has been selected.
|Primary machine||Workload||Protected instance size||Billed amount|
|1 Windows host||Windows Server 2012 (Files/Folder backup)||300GB||$10/month|
|3 Windows hosts||Windows Exchange |
|1 Windows client machine||Windows 8.1 (Files/Folder backup)||25GB||$5/month|
|1 Hyper-V virtual machine||Virtual machine backup||30GB||$5/month|
|1 Azure IaaS virtual machine||Virtual machine backup||250GB||$10/month|
|1 Windows guest machine||Windows Server 2012 (Files/Folder backup)||120GB||$10/month|
|1 Windows guest machine||Microsoft SQL Server standalone||600GB||$20/month|
|3 Windows guest machines|| Microsoft SQL Server cluster: ||70GB |
| $10/month + |
NOTE: If the databases move around in the cluster, then the size at the time of the backup is used for calculations
|5 Windows guest machines||Complete SharePoint farm with frontend, content databased etc…||1300GB|| $30/month (ShrePoint farm size > 1000GB and < 1500GB) |
NOTE: A SharePoint farm is a special entity and is billed based on the total size of the protected data in the farm.
For protecting the 250GB of SQL Server databases to Azure Backup, the SQL Server is treated as the Protected Instance. Since the size of the protected instance is greater than 50GB but less than 500GB, $10 is charged. If the virtual machine is also backed-up to Azure Backup, it is counted as another Protected Instance. Since the virtual machine size is less than 500GB, $10 is charged.
NOTE:Virtual machine backup and workload backup (running in the virtual machine) are charged independently