It’s sometimes easier to think about cloud computing in all or nothing terms – move everything into the cloud or leave everything as-is, on-premises. But, as most know, the emerging reality is more of a hybrid approach, combining both cloud and on-premises resources. Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 are embracing the hybrid model with services including Windows Azure Online Backup. It’s a great example of how Windows Server, System Center and Windows Azure work together in what we call the “Cloud OS”.Currently in preview, Windows Azure Online Backup is a cloud-based backup solution enabling server data to be backed up and recovered from the cloud in order to help protect against loss and corruption. The service provides IT administrators with a physically remote backup and recovery option for their server data with limited additional investment when compared with on-premises backup solutions.In addition to cloud-based backup for Windows Server 2012, we are pleased to announce that Windows Azure Online Backup now also supports cloud-based backup from on-premises System Center 2012 SP1 via the Data Protection Manager component.
Windows Server 2012Cloud-based backup from Windows Server 2012 is enabled by a downloadable agent that installs right alongside the familiar Windows Server backup interface. From this interface backup and recovery of files and folders is managed as usual but instead of utilizing local disk storage, the agent communicates with a Windows Azure service which creates the backups in Windows Azure storage.
System Center 2012 SP1 With the System Center 2012 SP1 release, the Data Protection Manager (DPM) component enables cloud-based backup of datacenter server data to Windows Azure storage. System Center 2012 SP1 administrators use the downloadable Windows Azure Online Backup agent to leverage their existing protection, recovery and monitoring workflows to seamlessly integrate cloud-based backups alongside their disk/tape based backups. DPM’s short term, local backup continues to offer quicker disk–based point recoveries when business demands it, while the Windows Azure backup provides the peace of mind & reduction in TCO that comes with offsite backups. In addition to files and folders, DPM also enables Virtual Machine backups to be stored in the cloud.
Windows Server 2012 EssentialsSmall businesses using Windows Server 2012 Essentials can also access cloud-based backup capabilities by downloading the Windows Azure Online Backup integration module, an extension for the Windows Server 2012 Essentials dashboard. The agent extends the server folder page in the dashboard with online backup information, provides common backup and recovery functions, and simplifies the setup and configuration steps.Key featuresBelow are some of the key features we’re delivering in Windows Azure Online Backup:
Getting startedGetting started with Windows Azure Online Backup is a simple two-step process:
Once you have installed the agent or integration module you can use the existing user interfaces for registering the server to the service and setting up online backup.
Windows Azure Active Directory Management PortalWith today’s release of the Windows Azure Online Backup preview we are also releasing a supporting preview of the Windows Azure Active Directory Management Portal. Customers can use the Windows Azure Active Directory Management Portal to sign up for Windows Azure Online Backup and manage users’ access to the service. Administrators can now use the preview portal at https://activedirectory.windowsazure.com. We’ll have more details on how the new Windows Azure Active Directory Management Portal can be used to manage your organization’s identity information in a separate blog post soon.
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Pricing and Availability? Rough estimates would be very helpful.
Also, when will the preview be available for Swiss customers?
I notice that only a few regions and countries are available. What happens if I choose a country other than the one I live in (Sweden), just so that I can try this out as soon as possible?
I have several customers that are actively asking for a cloud based backup service and this might just be perfect for them but until I've tried it out I can't really tell.
Windows 2012 is one of the most awaited stuffs.......
Love this! Working with System Center as a whole I am really happy to see the DPM integration into this, and I hope to see more people see the power of DPM as they work more and more with Azure.
When will it be available for other countries/regions, like Sweden?
Hi, when it will be possible to sing-up to Windows Azure Active Directory from Countries/regions other then the few accepted today (Canda - France - Germany - Japan - Netherlands - Norway - UK - US)? I.e. Italy, Spain... ? Otherwise it look as it's not possible from that country to adhere to Windows Azure Online Backup preview.Thanks
Australian availability and pricing? (no doubt almost double the US price, as usual)
I know in SCDPM SP1 Beta the Windows Azure Online Backup feature only supports Hyper-V v3.0 (Windows Server 2012).
Will the RTM of SP1 by any means support VMWare and older versions of Hyper-V???
Also how can we use this feature to provide fail-over to the online instances of the VM via Azure Virtual Machines?, we it will just be an offline backup that has to be restored manually?
Oh, and what's on the roadmap for releasing in Spain?