AZURE BACKUP

Improve Reliability and Save Cost with Microsoft’s Cloud Backup Service

Case Studies

“Even though we used reputable partners for tape handling, it always made us nervous when data left our facilities. Now the Azure cloud delivers greater peace of mind. We have no tape costs, management costs, nothing. Backup is dramatically cheaper with Azure.”

David W. Pfister, Director of Global Distributed Infrastructure and Client Services at Russell Reynolds Associates

AZURE BACKUP PROTECTS BUSINESS CRITICAL APPLICATIONS AND MORE…

Azure Backup is a cloud-first backup solution that protects business critical data and virtual machines running on Hyper-V or VMware. If you’re backing up locally, using offsite tape, or disk at a second data center, Azure Site Recovery is an ideal next-gen alternative.

The backups can be stored locally and/or in the Azure cloud, and you can select the level of storage redundancy within Azure.  You only pay for the storage space and for the backup service.  All transaction costs are included with the price of the Azure Backup software, including writes and restores. 

Critical applications can be protected, including SQL Server; files and folders; servers and clients running Windows; Exchange and SharePoint; and Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) virtual machines. With Azure Backup, you can focus on your business and not on legacy backup processes

You can use Azure Backup to automate backup to disk locally for short term retention, as well as to Azure cloud storage for long term retention.

You only pay for the storage space and for the backup service.  All transaction costs are included with the price of the Azure Backup software, including writes and restores.  Being able to restore from cloud recovery points for no charge further reduces backup TCO.

According to the Enterprise Strategy Group, 20% of the IT professionals surveyed regarded backup and recovery as one of the top five priorities in 2016.  

Azure Backup’s major advantages:

  1. Cost-effective storage management. With Azure Backup, there's no cost for using on-premises storage devices. If you use Azure storage as the target, it uses a pay-as-you-use model, so you pay only for the storage you consume. 
  2. Unlimited data transfer. Azure Backup doesn't limit the amount of inbound or outbound data you can transfer, and you won't be charged for data that's transferred.
  3. Data encryption. Data encryption helps you to securely transmit and store your data in the public cloud. You store the encryption passphrase locally; it's not transmitted or stored in Azure.
  4. When you need to restore lost data, Azure Backup provides application-consistent backup, which ensures that additional fixes are not needed to restore data. Restoring application-consistent data reduces restoration time, allowing you to quickly return to a running state.

Azure Backup pricing

The pricing model for Azure Backup has two components: the number of instances that are protected by the Azure Backup service, and storage, which is the amount of data stored with the service.

You only pay for the storage space and for the backup service.  All transaction costs are included with the price of the Azure Backup software, including writes and restores.  Being able to restore from cloud recovery points for no charge further reduces backup TCO.

 

Size of each instance > Azure Backup price per month

$5.00 + storage consumed
$10.00 + storage consumed
$10.00 for each 500 GB increment + storage consumed

 

Note: Prices are current as of April 2017 and are subject to change. 

Security of Azure Backup

Microsoft Azure Backup offers the following security controls to access data:

  • Prevention: Before a user were to be allowed access to any data, they can be prompted for Multifactor Authentication, asking them to authenticate from another device (for example, a mobile phone) while signing in to the Azure portal.  An additional layer of authentication is added whenever a critical operation like changing a passphrase is performed. This validation is to ensure that such operations can be performed only by users who have valid Azure credentials.
  • Alerting. An email notification is sent to the subscription admin whenever a critical operation like deleting backup data or changing a passphrase is performed. This email ensures that the user is notified quickly about such actions.
  • Recovery. Deleted backup data is retained for an additional 14 days from the date of the deletion. This ensures recoverability of the data within a given time period, so there is no data loss even if an attack happens.

AAD

SOLUTIONS

 

BEST PRACTICES

While there are many considerations for implementing a cloud-based DR solution, the best practices for designing a DRaaS include:

  • Analyze cost and ROI, comparing public clouds like Azure to secondary data centers 
  • Determine RPO/RTO and performance requirements, then assess applicability of replicating to Azure vs replicating to other DR locations 
  • Assess your organization’s DR tenant location, to ensure it’s located in a different region than your core data center to protect against regional disasters
  • Ensure security (policy, identity/access, VM and network security, monitoring/alerting)
  • Model dependencies and sequencing, to configure in which order the applications and supporting services should be failed over (i.e. SQL may need to be failed over and activated before an application server). 
  • Plan for capacity and bandwidth, not only for initial replication, but also for delta replication and peaks
  • Test frequently. You can use Azure Site Recovery’s to create a copy of your environment, on an isolated network mirrored test environment where you do DR drills as often as you want, without impacting production. The replication continues in production while you're testing your DR in its sandbox.
  • Ensure complete replications.

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2015 Microsoft Partner of Year

 

2015 Microsoft Partner of Year

Communications Market Acceleration

 

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Why we won the award…

What technologies we provide users is an important decision, but perhaps the most important question of all is “will they use it?” Enabling’s “Lights, Camera, Adoption!” Organizational Change Management program provides customers with the tools required to successfully drive user acceptance and high adoption of new technologies. Enabling ensures that everyone in the organization is excited to use the new technology with fun and exciting pre-planned deployment plans. Operational Change Management made all the difference with one of Enabling’s local clients. Enabling just finished up working with this new client to deploy Lync Enterprise Voice at over 70 locations with more than 7,000 users. They were able to use the preplanned roll out plans from Enabling Technologies to insure a successful adoption.

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2012 Microsoft Partner of Year

 

 

2012 Microsoft Partner of Year

Unified Communications Solutions. Instant Messaging / Presence / Conferencing / Voice

 

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Why we won the award…

Our client, one of the nation’s leading architecture and engineering firms, wanted to improve customer relationship management. They required their project managers to take notes of customer phone calls in Dynamics’ CRM. However, their PMs only used CRM to log calls, and rarely kept it open and available. Getting to CRM’s call notes page took eight mouse clicks for each phone call, taking time and effort. Many times, the PMs were unwilling or unable to spend the extra time to comply with procedures. Enabling created ETC CRM Sync, which uses Lync APIs to automatically pop a screen to the customer’s CRM page, where the PM can immediate start taking notes. The integration significantly reduced the time and effort it normally takes to log the call notes in CRM. Not only did Enabling’s solution save their project managers time, but the company has much more accurate reporting and a complete call history for all their clients in CRM.

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2010 Microsoft Partner of Year

 

 

2010 Microsoft Partner of Year

Unified Communications Solutions. Instant Messaging / Presence / Conferencing / Voice

 

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Why we won the award…

Our client, a global provider of strategic outsourcing services, looked to Enabling for assistance rolling out Unified Communications to their organization. Depending on the time of year and the status of outsourcing contracts, user counts ranged between 7,000-14,000. They needed to replace their older Avaya PBXs and Voicemail systems. Enabling designed and implemented Lync, including Enterprise Voice, and Exchange Unified Messaging. In addition, Enabling used Lync’s APIs to connect to the client’s attendance/absentee tracking system. When an employee called in sick, Lync’s IVR took the call, prompted the caller to enter an employee ID and reason for absence, then inserted the information into the attendance application. Lync would then place an outcall to other potential substitutes and prompted them to ask if they’d be able to cover the shift. This saved FTEs from having to manually handle the process, and enabled quicker coverage for absenteeism. Lync not only proved to be a reliable voice system, but Enabling turned it into an extensible business enabler.

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