Windows Azure Backup cloud backup service available for commercial use
The service for backing up data to the Windows Azure cloud has left the preview stage and is available for wide public use.
Windows Azure Backup is a cloud-based solution for Windows Server that allows you to back up and restore files and folders to the cloud, providing built-in protection against data loss. The service offers IT administrators and developers the ability to backup and protect critical data and an easy way to restore it from anywhere and without the cost of hardware.
Windows Azure Backup contains the following key features:
Simplified configuration and management. Windows Azure Backup integrates with the familiar Windows Server Backup utility in Windows Server and with Data Protection Manager in System Center and Windows Server Essentials to offer a single backup path to disk or cloud.
Incremental backups at the block level . The Windows Azure Backup Agent performs incremental backups based on changes in the file and changes at the block level and copies only those blocks that have been changed, which reduces traffic and storage requirements. Different versions of backups efficiently use storage space, storing only changes between blocks.
Data compression, encryption and throttling. The Windows Azure Backup Agent encrypts and compresses data to transfer it to Windows Azure Storage. As a result, only encrypted backup data can be stored in the Windows Azure cloud. The encryption key is not available to the Windows Azure Backup service in the cloud, and as a result, the data cannot be decrypted and cannot be decrypted in the cloud service. Users of the service can also configure the function and throttling parameters and tell the service how it should utilize the network bandwidth during backup or recovery.
Data Integrity Checked in the Cloud. In addition to secure backups, backup data is automatically checked for integrity. As a result, any data corruption that might occur during data transmission over the network is automatically detected and repaired.
Configure policies for storing data in the cloud . The Windows Azure Backup service allows you to use policies to configure the time period after which backups must be deleted. This helps you meet corporate standards and save on storage backups.
To familiarize yourself with the operation of the Windows Azure Backup backup service, you can read the following articles:
- Guide: Setting up backups using the Windows Azure Backup Agent
- Guide: Restoring files and folders using Windows Azure Backup Agent
The good news is that the first 5 gigabytes of archiving service are free for users. The excess will cost 16.50 r per gigabyte per month . Pricing details for the Windows Azure Backup service are listed at the following link .
Below you will find links to resources that will help you use the Microsoft cloud platform:
- Free 30-day trial of Windows Azure;
- Free access to Windows Azure resources for startups , partners , teachers, MSDN subscribers ;
- Windows Azure Development Center (azurehub.ru) - scripts, guides, examples, recommendations on choosing services and development on Windows Azure;
- Latest news Azure the Windows - Twitter.com/windowsazure_ru .
And if you are already developing on Windows Azure or want to find developers of your service, visit the appprofessionals.ru service .
We will be happy to answer your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org . And look forward to seeing you in the Windows Azure Community on Facebook . Here you will find experts (do not forget to ask them questions), photos and a lot of news.
Cloud OS Summit
Dear developers, system administrators, heads of IT departments and software development teams! We are pleased to invite you to the Cloud OS * Summit conference , which will be held in Moscow on November 27, 2013 .
Cloud OS Summit is the largest Microsoft cloud conference in Russia. By attending the event, you will learn all about the latest versions of Microsoft products - Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014, Visual Studio 2013 and Windows Azure Services. Together with Microsoft experts and its partners, you will discuss scenarios for using the latest products to solve the problems of your business.
Participation in the conference is free!You must register . The number of places is limited, hurry to take your own.