New features in Azure Backup – Long term retention, offline backup seeding and more

We are excited to announce a slew of features in our February 2015 Azure Backup update. The key capabilities are:

  • Long term retention – cloud as tape replacement
  • Offline seeding – complete your initial seeding faster and off-the-network
  • Backup all DPM workloads to Azure
  • Improved monitoring and reporting in SCOM

 

Download the latest Azure Backup agent from KB3033794. By downloading this update you automatically get all the capabilities released in the last few months:

This blog provides a quick summary of the features in this release – we will be following up with detailed blogs in the coming weeks.

Long term retention – cloud as tape replacement

With the latest update, customers can specify daily, weekly, monthly and yearly retention policies. Customers can now retain their data for up to 99 years in Azure! If you are using tapes to address your long term retention needs – this release provides a compelling value prop to use Azure to address your backup and long term retention needs.

New Protection

Figure 1: Multiple retention policies for Azure Backups

 

Offline seeding – complete your initial seeding faster and off-the-network

Azure Backup enables customers to complete the initial backup by integrating with the Azure Import/Export service. Rather than sending the initial backup copy over a congested network, customers can ship the disk containing the initial backup copy to the nearest Azure datacenter.

Offline Backup

Figure 2: Offline backup to Azure

 

Backup all DPM workloads to Azure

Until this release, DPM customers could backup only Hyper-V virtual machines, SQL Databases and file & folders to Azure. With DPM UR5 and the latest Azure Backup agent, customers can now backup Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange and Windows Client workloads to Azure. Learn more about the workload & platform support.

Improved monitoring and reporting in SCOM

The new management pack for DPM provides a powerful reporting infrastructure that can be used to generate data-rich custom reports and dashboards across multiple DPM servers! Customers no longer have to visit every DPM server to extract the canned reports – the new Reporting Management Pack provides all that and much more.

DPM

Figure 3: A demo report based on new reporting framework

 

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