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Cloud Backup for the Enterprise with Microsoft Azure and Veeam

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Cloud Backup for the Enterprise with Microsoft Azure and Veeam

Learn how large enterprises utilize cloud storage to backup their data, and how you can take advantage of the hybrid process.

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Enterprises utilize hybrid storage solutions to efficiently store and access their data in the most cost-effective manner. With hybrid systems, it is possible to address high IOPS (Input/Output Per Second) requirements using on-premises infrastructure while tapping into the cloud for storage of backups and archiving. While hybrid storage systems are efficient for data storage, it means little if there are no means to recover this stored data in case of a disaster, hardware failure, accidental deletion, etc.

Arguably, the integration of hybrid systems is on the rise consequently the need for efficient and reliable data backup increases proportionally.

Means of Data Backup: On-Premises Infrastructure and Cloud

Data can be backed up in two types of solutions:

  • On-premises.
  • Cloud.

To be honest, it can also be backed up using tape storage appliances; however, that is a high risk, excessively costly and highly unreliable way of backing up data. Hence, industry experts strongly advise against it.

On-premises infrastructure with SSDs (Solid State Drives) and/or HDDs (Hard Disk Drives) cost more and aren’t exactly the best option for backups. For workloads requiring high IOPS, on-premises infrastructure is the best option. Backups require a good amount of storage but in terms of IOPS, it’s a lot less demanding than mission-critical data. Therefore, dedicating expensive resources such as on-premises infrastructure, to backup data is a costly venture.

Comparatively, the cloud is the best option for backing up enterprise data reliably and cost-effectively. The cloud isn’t good at facilitating IOPS intensive workloads but it is good for scalability and payment structure such as “pay as you go” modes of payment.

Cloud Backup in Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure offers a Cold Blob tier which is best for data that isn’t frequently accessed. Recently, Microsoft also released the Archival Blob Tier meant to facilitate data archiving at even lower cost than the cold blob tier. Enterprises can utilize these tiers to back up their data in the cloud with enterprise level services of Microsoft Azure.

There are two ways enterprises can back up their data in Microsoft Azure:

  • Cloud Connect Services.
  • Cloud Gateway appliances.

Cloud Connect Services: It depends on the appliances being used by the enterprise. Some storage appliances do come with cloud connect services that facilitate access to the cloud. Using these services, enterprises can back up their data in the cloud.

Cloud Gateway appliances: If the on-premises infrastructure of the enterprise does not have cloud connect services, then the enterprise can use gateway appliances. These appliances act as a bridge between the on-premise infrastructure and the cloud; integrating cloud connect services with the on-premises infrastructure.

Integrating Veeam with Microsoft Azure Cloud Backups

Compared to data storage, data backup requires more attention to detail and can be strenuous if done manually. With third-party software, such as Veeam, enterprises can ensure data recoverability and business continuity. In addition to effective backup management, Veeam also facilitates disaster recovery with effectively reduced RTOs (Reduce Time Objectives) and RPOs (Reduced Point Objectives)

Veeam is being relied upon by 74% of Fortune 500 companies for their backup and disaster recovery plans. This makes Veeam highly recommended software for backup with enterprise level services ideal for the enterprise.

Integrating Veeam with Microsoft Azure offers enterprise-level cloud backup services that are reliable and secure along with effective backup management services and disaster recovery services for the enterprise.

Enterprises can easily integrate Veeam with Microsoft Azure from the Azure marketplace. The setup process is simple and requires basic knowledge of backup requirements of the enterprise.

The acquisition of Veeam along with Microsoft Azure cloud backup offers the following:

  • Simplified and Effective Backup Management.
  • Data replication for geo-redundancy.
  • Business Continuity.
  • Reduced RTPOs (RTOs and RPOs).


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cloud backup ,enterprise cloud integration platform ,veeam ,on premise ,backup data ,azure cloud

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