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Azure Backup is an Azure-based service you can use to back up (or protect) and restore your data in the Microsoft cloud.

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Backup for Azure VMs and on-premises servers

Prices listed below are applicable when using any of the following components to back up your VMs or physical servers – Azure IaaS VM Backup, Azure Backup (MARS) agent, System Center DPM or Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS).

The size of the backed-up data determines the pricing for Azure Backup in each protected instance before compression and encryption.

  • For virtual machines (VM), the size calculation is based on actual (used) size of VM. This is the sum of all data in the VM, excluding temporary storage.
  • When backing up files and folders, the size of the files and folders configured for backup determine the data size.
  • When backing up SQL Server, the size of the databases configured for backup determine the data size.

You have the flexibility to choose between locally redundant storage (LRS), zone redundant storage (ZRS)preview or geo-redundant storage (GRS) for your backups. If you enable cross-region-restore, we upgrade your backup storage from GRS to read-access geo-redundant storage (RA-GRS). Charges for storage are separate from the cost of Azure Backup protected instances.

Size of each instance Azure Backup price per month
Instance < or = 50 GB $- + storage consumed
Instance is > 50 GB but < or = 500 GB $- + storage consumed
Instance is > 500 GB $- for each 500 GB increment + storage consumed

Example: If you have 1.2 TB of data in one instance, then the cost would be $- plus storage consumed. You would be charged $- for each of the two 500 GB increments and $- for the remaining 200 GB data.

Backup storage

Backup Storage is an auto-scaling, reliable set of storage accounts managed by Azure Backup and isolated from customer tenants to provide additional security. Charges for storage are separate from the cost of Azure Backup protected instances.

By default, all backup data protected by Azure Backup go into the Standard tier. For backups with long-term retention (monthly and yearly backups with retention longer than six months), you have the option to move them to the Archive tier. Learn more.

In the Standard tier, you have the flexibility to choose between locally redundant storage (LRS), zone-redundant storage (ZRS)Preview or geo-redundant storage (GRS) for your backups. If you enable cross-region-restore, we upgrade your backup storage from GRS to read-access geo-redundant storage (RA-GRS).

Your backup data can be moved to the Archive tier via policy1 or by running specific PowerShell commands on chosen backups.

Standard Tier Archive tier
LRS $- per GB $- per GB
ZRSPreview $- per GB N/A
GRS $- per GB $- per GB
RA-GRS $- per GB $- per GB
1Available for backup of Azure PostgreSQL today

Early deletion

In addition to the per-GB, per-month charge, any backup data that is moved to the Archive tier is subject to an Archive early deletion period of 180 days. This charge is prorated. For example, if a backup is moved to the Archive tier and then a “Stop protection and delete data” is performed on the associated datasource, you will be charged an early deletion fee for 135 (180 minus 45) days of backup storage in Archive tier.

Rehydration

Restoring from the Standard tier of Backup Storage is free of charge and does not incur any transaction or egress charges. However, when you restore data from the Archive tier, a one-off data retrieval fee is charged. The charges are the same as the data retrieval charges for Azure Blob storage. Learn more.

Backup for SQL Server on Azure VMs

The size of the backed-up data determines the pricing for Azure Backup in each protected instance before compression and encryption.

  • When backing up SQL Server running on an Azure VM, the size of the databases configured for backup determines the size of each instance.
  • When backing up SQL Server availability groups, the size of the databases configured for backup on an availability group determines the size of each instance.

You have the flexibility to choose between locally redundant storage (LRS), zone redundant storage (ZRS)preview or geo-redundant storage (GRS) for your backups. Charges for storage are separate from the cost of Azure Backup protected instances.

Size of each instance Azure Backup price per month
Instance < or = 500 GB $- + storage consumed
Instance is > 500 GB $- for each 500 GB increment + storage consumed

Example: If you have 1.2 TB of data in one instance, then the cost would be $- plus storage consumed. You would be charged $- for two 500 GB increments and $- for the remaining 200 GB data.

Backup storage

Azure Backup uses Blob storage for storing your backups. You have the flexibility to choose between locally redundant storage (LRS), zone redundant storage (ZRS)preview or geo-redundant storage (GRS) for your backups. Charges for storage are separate from the cost of Azure Backup protected instances.

LRS ZRS GRS RA-GRS
Storage in GB/month $- per GB $- per GB $- per GB $- per GB

Backup for SAP HANA on Azure VMs

The size of the backed-up data before compression and encryption determines the pricing for using Azure Backup for SAP HANA DBs on Azure VMs. Currently, backup is only supported for scale-up deployment i.e. SAP HANA server in a single Azure VM.

You have the flexibility to choose between locally redundant storage (LRS), zone redundant storage (ZRS)preview or geo-redundant storage (GRS) for your backups. Both LRS and GRS are Block Blob Storage. Charges for storage are separate from the cost of Azure Backup.

Size of each instance Azure Backup price per month
Instance < or = 500 GB $- + storage consumed
Instance > 500 GB $- for each 500 GB increment + storage consumed

Example: If you have 1.2 TB of data in one instance, then the cost would be $- plus storage consumed. You would be charged $- for each of the two 500 GB increments and $- for the remaining 200 GB data.

Backup storage

Azure Backup uses Block Blob storage for backing up your instances. You have the flexibility to choose between locally redundant storage (LRS), zone redundant storage (ZRS)preview or geo-redundant storage (GRS) for your backups. Both LRS and GRS are Block Blob Storage.

LRS ZRS GRS RA-GRS
Storage in GB/month $- per GB $- per GB $- per GB $- per GB

Backup for Azure Files

Azure Backup offers a Snapshot Management solution for protecting Azure Files. The snapshot data created by Azure Backup is present in your storage account and incurs snapshot storage charges. This data is not moved to a Recovery Services Vault.

An Azure Files-protected instance is defined as the storage account that holds backed-up Azure Files shares.

  • The combined size of all backed-up Azure file shares in a storage account determines the instance size while using snapshot management for Azure Files.
  • Azure Backup uses Azure File Share snapshots for creating recovery points.
Size of each instance Azure Backup price per month
Instance is > 250 GB $-
Instance < or = 250 GB 60% of Azure Files protected instances price per month

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High-level overview

  • The new pricing model for Azure Backup has two components:

    • Protected instances: This is the primary billing unit for Azure Backup. Customers pay for the number of instances that are protected with the Azure backup service
    • Storage: Customers can choose between Locally Redundant Storage (LRS) or Geo-Redundant Storage (GRS) for their backup vault. The net price for Storage depends on the amount of data stored with the service.

    These two components appear as separate line items on the monthly Azure bill.

  • A protected instance refers to the computer, physical or virtual server you use to configure the backup to Azure. An instance is protected once you have configured a backup policy for the computer, server or database, and have created a backup copy of the data. Subsequent copies of the backup data change the amount of storage consumed, but additional backup copies don’t add to the number of protected instances. Some common examples of protected instances are virtual machines, application servers and personal computers running the Windows operating system. For example:

    • A virtual machine running the Hyper-V or Azure IaaS hypervisor fabric. The guest operating systems for these virtual machines can be Windows Server or Linux.
    • An application server with physical or a virtual machine running Windows Server and workloads with data to backup. Common workloads are Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft Dynamics and the File Server role on Windows Server. To back up or protect these workloads, you’ll need Azure Backup Server or System Center Data Protection Manager, DPM.
    • A personal computer running the Windows operating system.
    • SQL Server that includes all databases on the server.

    If you choose to back up a virtual machine hypervisor fabric and its guest workload, the hypervisor fabric and the guest workload are treated as separate protected instances and are charged independently.

  • No, from a billing perspective, instances are classified into three categories based on the size of the instance. The price per protected instance depends on the categorisation of the instance in the pricing table above. Please note that the prices in the above table do not include Storage, which is a separate charge.

  • Customers will not be charged for any restore operations or outbound network bandwidth (egress) that is associated with restore operations.

  • The new pricing will be applicable to all Azure Backup customers.

Protected Instances

  • No, usage is pro-rated based on the number of days in a month that an instance has been protected.

  • All data stored with Azure Backup is billed per the backup storage rates listed above, for the duration that the data is kept with Azure Backup. However, increasing retention does not impact the software price for protected instances that you pay. Please note that you must have the latest Azure Backup agent installed on the machine to ensure this behaviour.

  • For as long as your data is retained with Azure Backup, you will continue to pay for both Protected Instances and Storage. Your Protected Instances bill is based on the size from the last successful backup before you decided to stop protection. Your Storage bill is based on the total amount of data stored in the backup vault for that instance.

    For example, take the backup of a 100 GB virtual machine. The Protected Instance charge is $- per month. Every day, 1 GB of data is added and the data is retained for 120 days, and you are charged for the storage for that separately. After 1 month, if you decide to stop protection of the virtual machine but retain the data in Azure Backup, then you will be charged $- per month until the backup data is explicitly deleted by you.

  • 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 affect the size of protected instances being billed.

  • The new pricing will be applicable to all Azure Backup customers.

Backup storage costs

  • All data stored with Azure Backup is billed per the backup storage rates listed above.

  • 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. 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 total amount of backup data held in Azure Backup (the “back-end size”) for a specific Protected Instance can change due to the following factors:

    • Retention period of the backed-up data
    • Net new churn stored in each recovery point
    • Level of compression achieved on the backup data
    • Frequency of the scheduled backup jobs
    • Any associated backup metadata
  • The backup vault Dashboard page will show the total data from the machine 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 part of the software price that you pay.

Networking costs

  • 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.

Examples

  • Primary machine Workload Protected instance size Billed amount*
    1 Windows host Windows Server 2012 (Files/Folder backup) 300 GB $-/month
    3 Windows hosts Microsoft Exchange
    Microsoft Exchange
    Microsoft Exchange
    600 GB
    1,300 GB
    400 GB
    $-/month
    $-/month
    $-/month
    1 Windows client machine Windows 8.1 (Files/Folder backup) 25 GB $-/month
    1 Hyper-V virtual machine Virtual machine backup 30 GB $-/month
    1 Azure IaaS virtual machine Virtual machine backup 250 GB $-/month
    1 Windows guest machine Windows Server 2012 (Files/Folder backup) 120 GB $-/month
    1 Windows guest machine Microsoft SQL Server standalone 600 GB $-/month
    3 Windows guest machines Microsoft SQL Server cluster:
    • Machine 1: 50 databases
    • Machine 2: 75 databases
    • Machine 3: 20 databases
    70 GB
    80 GB
    15 GB
    $-/month +
    $-/month +
    $-/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 front-end, content database etc. 1,300 GB $-/month (SharePoint farm size > 1,000 GB and < 1,500 GB)

    NOTE: A SharePoint farm is a special entity and is billed based on the total size of the protected data in the farm.

    *Azure storage is billed additionally based on backup choices
  • For protecting the 250 GB of SQL Server databases to Azure Backup, the SQL Server is treated as a protected instance. As the size of the protected instance is greater than 50 GB but less than 500 GB, the price is $- per month. If the virtual machine is also backed up to Azure Backup, it is counted as another protected instance. As the virtual machine size is between 50 GB and 500 GB, its price is also $- per month.

    Virtual machine backup and in-guest workload backup are charged independently.

  • Yes, when using the MAB server to back up data locally, you will still be charged the per-instance backup service fee. However, as the data is only being backed up locally, you will not incur any Azure storage charges.

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