(Based on the Gartner study, published in February 2014, comparing the TCO of cloud backup to tape backups)
Availability on Demand protects and extends your datacenter, and is powered by Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery. Backup is a scalable solution that protects your application data with zero capital investment and minimal operating costs. Backup can retain your data for up to 99 years to meet regulatory requirements. The powerful replication capabilities of Site Recovery work with Backup to extend your datacenter. It enables disaster recovery, Dev/Test, reporting and analytics, migrating applications to Azure, and cloud bursting.
Your data and applications are everywhere—on servers, clients, and in the cloud. Backup can protect your critical applications, including SharePoint, Exchange, and SQL Server; files and folders; Windows servers and clients; and Azure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) virtual machines.
Due to business or compliance requirements, organizations are required to protect their data for years, and over time this data grows exponentially. Traditionally, tape has been used for long-term retention. Backup provides a compelling alternative to tape with significant cost savings, shorter recovery times, and up to 99 years of retention.
Your backup data is secure over the wire and at rest. The backup data is stored in geo-replicated storage which maintains 6 copies of your data across two Azure datacenters. With 99.9% service availability, Backup provides operational peace of mind.
Backup is efficient over the network and on your disk. Once the initial seeding is complete, only incremental changes are sent at a defined frequency. Built-in features, such as compression, encryption, longer retention, and bandwidth throttling, help boost IT efficiency.