Cloud Backup Discovery: 4-day Assessment


Backup is the copying of data (systems, applications and user-created content) to a second location, and which can be restored in the event of loss of the original data.

The service comprises a one-day onsite engagement with three days for wrap-round prep, report writing and results playback.

Delivered on Microsoft Azure, the service comprises two core solutions, depending on the type of environment and workload to be protected - in the cloud or on-premises.

Cloud Backup for Azure Workloads: The Azure Cloud Backup service, integrated into Azure Virtual Machines (Azure VMs), is cost effective, can be instantly enabled and is simple to use, suitable for both new and existing deployments of Azure VMs and the whole VM and associated data is protected. Backups are stored in the same Azure region as the Azure VM and in a second region for geographic protection. Management is handled via the Azure Portal with no additional agents or infrastructure needed. VM backups can be configured to run up to once per day and are application consistent to ensure everything is fully working in the event of a restore. If SQL is running on the VM, transaction logs can be backed up every 15 minutes.

Cloud Backup for On-Premises Workloads: Cloud Backup can protect on-premises physical servers and VMs running on Hyper-V and VMware. It can either integrate with an existing System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) platform or be deployed as a new Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) to provide a disk-to-disk-to-cloud solution. Management is handled via the server console and allows for protection of applications with agents deployed to each server or through integration with the hypervisor, with ability to protect the entire Hyper-V or VMware VM if wished. Backups can be configured to run as required and are application aware to ensure they can be restored quickly and easily.

During the one-day on-site assessment, we discuss requirements and recommend the most appropriate backup solution. The team's analysis and report writing follows.

As an optional follow-on, a deployment service is also available.