Azure Backup

Built-in backup solution for all of your resources

Simplify data protection from ransomware and human error

A cost-effective, one-click backup solution, Azure Backup simplifies data recovery and is easier to enable than other cloud backup services.

Azure and on-premises backup

Back up Azure Virtual Machines, SQL workloads and on-premises VMware machines without additional infrastructure

Application consistency

Restore data with application consistency using VSS snapshot (Windows) and fsfreeze (Linux)

Security of backup cloud data

Encrypt data and keep it for extended periods, even after legitimate deletion, through multi-factor authentication

Cloud backup management

Manage resources and activity from the Azure central backup management portal

Built-in backup

Azure Backup is simple because it’s built into the platform. It has one-click backup support for SQL database and virtual machines running in Azure. Azure Backup is cost effective and less complex than other cloud backup solutions, while keeping your data safe from ransomware and human errors.

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Instant cloud backup

Turn on Azure Backup in the Azure portal to immediately back up and restore Azure SQL Database, individual files, folders and entire VMs. Continuously track your assets with dynamic reports.

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Reduce your costs

Eliminate the need for tape or off-site backup. Get cost-effective short- and long-term retention, and restore SQL Database, individual files, folders and VMs in Azure or on-premises at no additional cost.

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Protect against ransomware

Enable multifactor authentication using a security PIN from the Azure portal. Suspicious cloud backup activities prompt a notification, and unauthorised deleted backups will be retained for up to 14 days while your data is encrypted by default.

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Why Azure for Security?

  • Microsoft invests over USD 1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.
  • We employ more than 3,500 security experts focused on securing your data and privacy.
  • Azure has more certifications than any other cloud provider. View the full list.

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Developer resources

Get started with Azure Backup in three steps

Create your Azure free account.

Turn on Azure Backup.

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How our customers are using Azure Backup

Food producer going fast, innovating faster

Smithfield, a USD 15 billion business, quickly migrated hundreds of applications using Azure Backup for both on-premises and Azure servers.

Smithfield Foods

Car company targets business continuity, lower costs

Learn how Ecuador-based Maresa saved nearly 35 per cent on IT after implementing Azure Backup.


Dutch cities unload the burden of backing up data

See how three cities consolidated their back-end resources on Azure and used Azure Backup for coverage.


Executive advisory firm moves backups to the cloud

"We don't have to worry about managing space on expensive, purpose-built backup storage systems. We have no tape costs, management costs, nothing. Backup is dramatically cheaper with Azure."

Sean DeLessio, Lead Engineer, Distributed Infrastructure Team, Russell Reynolds
Russell Reynolds Associates

UK municipality backs up workloads to Azure

Somerset backs up 2,790 system streams – including VMware virtual machines and Microsoft SQL Server databases – with Azure Backup, producing six-digit cost savings.

Somerset County Council

Mining company protects huge SAP workload in the cloud

Rio Tinto runs SAP in an Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) environment, including Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Virtual Network, Azure Storage and Azure Backup.

Rio Tinto
  • Azure Backup supports Azure Virtual Machines, SQL workloads, as well as on-premises VMware machines. See a full list of supported resources.
  • A Recovery Services vault is a storage entity in Azure that houses data, including data copies and configuration information for virtual machines, workloads, servers and workstations. Learn more.
  • Yes, Azure Backup provides built-in contributor, operator and reader roles to control cloud backup management operations. Get more details.
  • Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery both support business continuity and disaster recovery – but Azure Backup is designed specifically to back up and restore data, whereas Site Recovery is designed to perform seamless application disaster recovery. Get more information.

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