Azure Backup

Built-in backup solution for all 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 centralized 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

Application consistency

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 multifactor 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 unauthorized deleted backups are retained for up to 14 days while your data is encrypted by default.

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Why trust Azure Backup?

Get started with Backup in three steps

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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.

Smithfield Foods

"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."

Tom Voss, IT Operations Manager, San Diego State University
San Diego State University

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

"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 backed up 2,790 system streams—including VMware virtual machines and Microsoft SQL Server databases—with Backup, producing a six-digit cost savings.

Somerset County Council

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.

Rio Tinto
  • 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.

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