Enterprise software major Microsoft announced some new features to Azure Backup.
The key features include are long tern retention, offline seeding, backup all DPM workloads to Azure, improved monitoring and reporting in SCOM.
With the latest update, customer can now retain their data for up to 99 years in Azure. By using cloud as a tape replacement, users can specify daily, weekly, monthly and yearly retention policies.
Azure backup allows for offline seeding, which enables customers to complete the initial backup by integrating with the Azure import / export service. This means customers can ship the disk containing the initial backup copy to the nearest Azure data center instead of sending the initial backup copy over a congested network.
Earlier, Data Protection Manager customers could backup only Hyper-V virtual machines, SQL databases and file and folder to Azure. The combination of DPM UR5 and the latest Azure Backup agent means users are now able to backup Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange and Windows Client workloads to Azure.
There is no need for customers to visit every DPM server to extract the canned reports. The new release has improved monitoring and reporting in SystemCenetr Operation Manager (SCOM).
Customers, who download the latest Azure Backup Agent, will automatically get all the capabilities that have been released in the last few months which include data source support for more than 850GB and support Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1.