Your business data is critically important and how you choose to handle it could be essential to your success. Data security is more important now than ever before. Businesses go to great lengths to secure themselves against malicious threats to their systems and devices. However, while cyber threats are perceived as the most common danger to data security, they aren’t the only ones you should be guarding against. Natural disasters, load shedding and human errors can also put your data at risk.
Since cloud services emerged, we’ve seen businesses migrating to more ‘agile’ solutions for storing and accessing their data and documentation. But many of these companies assume that once their data is in the cloud, it’s free from risk. Even the most technologically sound businesses often overlook the importance of keeping backups of their data. As a business, it’s not enough to operate in the cloud. It’s vital that copies of your critical data are stored in the cloud as well. This is where Microsoft Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery can help.
Microsoft’s Azure Backup helps businesses across the globe to duplicate and store their critical data. Using this cloud computing platform, you can replicate your data in real-time and store in the cloud, or even choose to keep a copy of it on-premise. This means that, should disaster strike, your business can continue uninterrupted. The best part? You don’t have to spend millions investing in hardware or physical storage space in data centres.
Let’s go over some of the key reasons businesses choose Microsoft Azure Backup service:
With Azure, your data is safe — both in transit and when saved in a data centre, and can be stored across a variety of zones around the world.
You use the storage space and features that your company needs, and easily upgrade or downgrade as your requirements change.
There’s no need to pay for features you don’t need.The pay-as-you-use model means that you won’t be charge any hidden usage or service fees.
You don’t need to be an IT expert to restore your backup data. You just need Azure’s easy-to-use management control panel.
One of the best features of Azure Backup storage is you get to choose where and how your business’ backups are stored. There are three types of Microsoft Azure Backup service are as follows:
LRS is a low-cost Azure backup option, ideal for businesses with a limited budget. This cost-effective storage solution stores three copies of your data in a single local data centre at any given time, protecting your data from hardware crashes.
This storage option stores copies of your data in availability zones across the country. Each zone includes one of more data centres, all of which have the resources to function fully without downtime, even in the case of power outages If you have critical business data that cannot have a downtime and requires high data resiliency, this is a perfect choice. As the data is stored within the country, it can also help your business meet POPI and GDPR requirements.
The most popular storage option, GRS stores copies of your data in a secondary region, hundreds of miles away, often even in another country, from your business’ primary location. Though GRS is more expensive than LRS, it ensures that your data won’t be subject to downtime, even in the case of a major regional or country-wide outage.
Microsoft Azure Backup service and Azure Site Recovery work hand in hand. While their purposes may be different, when used together they ensure that your business can continue uninterrupted, even in the case of a data disaster. Here’s how they complement each other.
Azure Backup ensures that your data is backed up. It keeps your information safe and ready to be restored in case disaster strikes. But, how will you restore the data after disaster actually strikes? You know that you have a backup, but how do you use that backup and quickly restore data without causing downtime? Here’s where Azure Site Recovery comes in.
Azure recovery services ensure that essential and crucial applications are given priority and quickly restored, while the less critical data is restored in the background, allowing your business to continue operating with as little downtime as possible.
Only a few reputable Microsoft Gold Partners exist worldwide and Solid Systems is one of them. Being a certified Microsoft Gold Partner, we perfectly place to help you with your backup and recovery needs. We understand how beautifully Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery work together, which is why we offer them both. We are a leading Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery provider known for our dedicated and human customer support. If you want to chat to our IT pros and have the Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery pricing explained, get in touch today.
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