Built-in backup solution for all of your resources
Simplify data protection with built-in management at scale
Azure Backup is a cost-effective, secure one-click backup solution that’s scalable based on your backup storage needs. The centralised management interface makes it easy to define backup policies and protect a wide range of enterprise workloads, including Azure Virtual Machines, SQL and SAP databases, and Azure file shares.
Azure and on-premises backup
Back up Azure Virtual Machines, SQL workloads, SAP HANA workloads, Azure Files and on-premises VMware machines without additional infrastructure
Restore data with application consistency using VSS snapshot (Windows) and fsfreeze (Linux)
Secure backup storage
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
Efficiently manage backups
Reduce the complexity of protecting workloads with built-in backup, and save time with one-click backup support for virtual machines (VMs), Azure file shares and SQL and SAP HANA databases. Manage resources through the Azure portal, Azure SDK and Azure CLI, and across vaults, subscriptions and tenants.
Instant cloud backup
Turn on Backup in the Azure portal to immediately back up and manage your assets. Restore entire VMs and Azure file shares or individual files, folders, and SQL and SAP HANA databases. Continuously track your assets with dynamic reports.
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.
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.
Why trust Azure Backup?
Microsoft invests more than USD 1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.
We employ more than 3,500 security experts completely dedicated to your data security and privacy.
Azure has more compliance certifications than any other cloud service provider. View the comprehensive list.
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How our customers are using Backup
Food producer going fast, innovating faster
Smithfield, a USD 15 billion business, quickly migrated hundreds of applications using Backup for both on-premises and Azure servers.
Tom Voss, IT Operations Manager, San Diego State University
"As we shift from our on-premises cloud to public cloud, we'll spend even less time operating that storage backup and compute infrastructure, and more time focusing on more important business needs."
Dutch cities unload the burden of backing up data
Three municipalities in the Netherlands consolidated their IT infrastructures on Azure and used 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 backed up 2,790 system streams – including VMware virtual machines and Microsoft SQL Server databases – with Backup, producing a six-digit cost savings.
Mining company protects SAP workload in the cloud
Rio Tinto runs SAP in an Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) environment, including Azure Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, Storage and Backup.
Frequently asked questions about Backup
Backup supports Azure Virtual Machines, SQL workloads and 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.
Yes, Backup provides role-based access control, including built-in contributor, operator and reader roles, to control cloud backup management operations.
Both Backup and Site Recovery support backup and disaster recovery. Backup is designed specifically to back up and restore data, while Site Recovery is designed to perform seamless application disaster recovery.