Backup pricing

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Pricing Details

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

  • For virtual machines, the size of the allocated disk determines the data size.
  • 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) or geo-redundant storage (GRS). Both LRS and GRS are Block Blob Storage. You can find the pricing for Block Blob Storage on the Azure Storage pricing page. Charges for storage are separate from the cost of Azure Backup.

Size of each instance Azure Backup price per month
Instance < or = 50 GB $- + storage consumed
Instance is > 50 but < 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 two 500 GB increments and $- for the remaining 200 GB data.

Support & SLA

  • We provide technical support for all Azure services released to General Availability, including Backup, through Azure Support, starting at $29/month. Billing and subscription management support is provided at no cost.
  • We guarantee at least 99.9% availability of the backup and restore functionality of the Azure Backup service. Availability is calculated over a monthly billing cycle.

Azure Backup pricing - FAQ

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, or database you use to configure the backup to Azure. An instance is protected once you configure a backup policy for the computer, server, or database, and create 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, databases, 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 which includes all databases on the server.

    If you choose to backup 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 categorization of the instance in the pricing table above. 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 prorated based on the number of days in a month that an instance has been protected.

  • All data stored with Azure Backup is charged at Azure Block blob rates, 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. Note that you must have the latest Azure Backup agent installed on the machine to ensure this behavior.

  • 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 100GB virtual machine. The Protected Instance charge is $- per month. Every day 1GB of data is added and the data is retained for 120 days, and you are charged Storage for that separately. After 1 month if you decide the 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 impact the size of protected instances being billed.

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

Backup storage costs

  • With the new pricing, the backup data stored in Azure is billed at Block Blob rates for the region.

  • 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 “backend 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 a 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) 300GB $-/month
    3 Windows hosts Microsoft Exchange
    Microsoft Exchange
    Microsoft Exchange
    600GB
    1300GB
    400GB
    $-/month
    $-/month
    $-/month
    1 Windows client machine Windows 8.1 (Files/Folder backup) 25GB $-/month
    1 Hyper-V virtual machine Virtual machine backup 30GB $-/month
    1 Azure IaaS virtual machine Virtual machine backup 250GB $-/month
    1 Windows guest machine Windows Server 2012 (Files/Folder backup) 120GB $-/month
    1 Windows guest machine Microsoft SQL Server standalone 600GB $-/month
    3 Windows guest machines Microsoft SQL Server cluster:
    • Machine 1: 50 databases
    • Machine 2: 75 databases
    • Machine 3: 20 databases
    70GB
    80GB
    15GB
    $-/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 frontend, content databased etc… 1300GB $-/month (SharePoint farm size > 1000GB and < 1500GB)

    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 250GB of SQL Server databases to Azure Backup, the SQL Server is treated as a protected instance. Since the size of the protected instance is greater than 50GB but less than 500GB, the price is $- per month. If the virtual machine is also backed-up to Azure Backup, it is counted as another protected Instance. Since the virtual machine size is between 50GB and 500GB, its price is also $- per month.

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

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

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