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
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 multifactor authentication
Cloud backup management
Manage resources and activity from the Azure central backup management portal
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.
Instant cloud backup
Turn on Azure Backup in the Azure portal to immediately backup and restore Azure SQL Database, individual files, folders, and entire VMs. Continuously track your assets with dynamic reports.
Reduce your costs
Eliminate the need for tape or offsite 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.
Protect against ransomware
Enable multifactor authentication using a security PIN from the Azure portal. Suspicious cloud backup activities prompt a notification, and unauthorized deleted backups are retained for up to 14 days while your data is encrypted by default.
Why Azure for Security?
Get started with Azure Backup in three steps
How our customers are using Azure Backup
Food producer going fast, innovating faster
Smithfield, a USD15 billion business, quickly migrated hundreds of applications using Azure Backup for both on-premises and Azure servers.
Automotive company targets business continuity, lower costs
Learn how Ecuador-based Maresa saved nearly 35 percent 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
Sean DeLessio, Lead Engineer, Distributed Infrastructure Team, Russell Reynolds
"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."
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 a six-digit cost savings.
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.
Frequently asked questions about Azure Backup
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.