Backup-as-a-service you can use to back up (or protect) and restore your data in the cloud. Cloud Backup replaces your existing on-premises or off-site backup solution with a cloud-based solution that is reliable, secure, and cost-competitive. Backup-as-a-service offers multiple components that you download and deploys on the appropriate computer, server, or in the cloud. The component, or agent, that you deploy depends on what you want to protect.
Traditional backup solutions have evolved to treat the cloud as an endpoint, or static storage destination, similar to disks or tape. While this approach is simple, it is limited and doesn't take full advantage of an underlying cloud platform, which translates to an expensive, inefficient solution. Other solutions are expensive because you end up paying for the wrong type of storage, or storage that you don't need. Other solutions are often inefficient because they don't offer you the type or amount of storage you need, or administrative tasks require too much time. In contrast, Cloud Backup delivers these key benefits:
Automatic storage management: Cloud Backup automatically allocates and manages backup storage, and it uses a pay-as-you-use model. Pay-as-you-use means that you only pay for the storage that you consume.
Unlimited scaling: Cloud Backup uses the underlying power and unlimited scale of the cloud to deliver high-availability with no maintenance or monitoring overhead. You can set up alerts to provide information about events, but you don't need to worry about high-availability for your data in the cloud.
Multiple storage options: An aspect of high-availability is storage replication. Cloud Backup offers two types of replication:
Locally redundant storage (LRS) - LRS is a low-cost option for protecting your data from local hardware failures.
Geo-redundant storage (GRS) - GRS costs more than LRS, but GRS provides a higher level of durability for your data, even if there is a regional outage.
Unlimited data transfer: Cloud Backup does not limit the amount of inbound or outbound data you transfer.
Data encryption: Data encryption allows for secure transmission and storage of your data in the public cloud.
Application-consistent backup: Whether backing up a file server, virtual machine, or SQL database, you need to know that a recovery point has all required data to restore the backup copy. Cloud Backup provides application-consistent backups, which ensured additional fixes are not needed to restore the data. Restoring application consistent data reduces the restoration time, allowing you to quickly return to a running state.
Long-term retention: Instead of switching backup copies from disk to tape and moving the tape to an off-site location, you can use Cloud for short-term and long-term retention.