Its more important than ever to safeguard your data. Your data is at risk not because of hardware or software failures but also due to increasing Cyberattacks.
With our Managed backup service, we take away that concern, so you are not worried about your data and have a peace of mind.
We provide followings Services in our Managed Backup offering.
Consulting and Licensing
- Providing consulting to ensure your data is always safe
- Helping you choose and decide the right cloud solution for backup
Installation and Training
- Implementation of the backup solution
- Testing and Admin Training
Monitoring and Support
- Regular monitoring of the backup jobs
- Regular restore drills to ensure the backup is safe
- Regular review of the services
- Change Management
- Optimizations and improvements
Power of backing up in Azure. Data has never been more critical to your enterprise as it transforms in this digital world. Azure Backup helps you retain rapidly increasing amounts of data while keeping storage costs low. It makes it easy for you to backup and restore your most important information when the unexpected happens. As ransomware attacks increase, built-in protection from Azure keeps your data safe. Azure Backup gives you a cost-effective, simple and secure backup solution that protects your data.
SaaS pay-as-you-go service
Have the latest backup of your data whenever you need it at no additional cost
Support for VMware, Hyper-V, Linux and Windows in Azure and on-premises
Avoid the complexity of managing on-premises infrastructure
Safeguard your backups from ransomware with one-click multi-factor authentication
Retain unauthorized deleted backups to give you time to investigate and recover your data
Set up Azure Backup for your virtual machines in three steps. Once the initial backup is completed, only incremental changes are sent based on a defined schedule. Retain your backups for as long as your compliance requirements.
Built-in protection against ransomware helps you protect your data from unauthorized requests to delete your backups. Before ransomware has the chance to corrupt your data, you’ll be notified so you can save your data.
Store your backups in Azure instead of an offsite to reduce infrastructure costs. Pay for what you use in Azure.
Why Azure Backup?
Traditional backup solutions have evolved to treat the cloud as an endpoint, or static storage destination, similar to disks or tape. Other solutions are expensive because you end up paying for the wrong type of storage, or storage that you don’t need. Other solutions are often inefficient because they don’t offer you the type or amount of storage you need, or administrative tasks require too much time. In contrast,
Azure Backup delivers these key benefits:
Automatic storage management – Hybrid environments often require heterogeneous storage – some on-premises and some in the cloud. With Azure Backup, there is no cost for using on-premises storage devices. Azure Backup automatically allocates and manages backup storage, and it uses a pay-as-you-use model. Pay-as-you-use means that you only pay for the storage that you consume.
Unlimited scaling – Azure Backup uses the underlying power and unlimited scale of the Azure cloud to deliver high-availability – with no maintenance or monitoring overhead. You can set up alerts to provide information about events, but you don’t need to worry about high-availability for your data in the cloud.
Multiple storage options – An aspect of high-availability is storage replication. Azure Backup offers two types of replication: locally redundant storage and geo-redundant storage. Choose the backup storage option which is best suited for your organization.:
- Locally redundant storage (LRS) replicates your data three times (it creates three copies of your data) in a storage scale unit in a datacenter. All copies of the data exist within the same region. LRS is a low-cost option for protecting your data from local hardware failures.
- 2.Geo-redundant storage (GRS) replicates your data to a secondary region (hundreds of miles away from the primary location of the source data). GRS costs more than LRS, but GRS provides a higher level of durability for your data, even if there is a regional outage.
Unlimited data transfer – Azure Backup does not limit the amount of inbound or outbound data you transfer. Azure Backup also does not charge for the data that is transferred. However, if you use the Azure Import/Export service to import large amounts of data, there is a cost associated with inbound data. Outbound data refers to data transferred from a Recovery Services vault during a restore operation.
Data encryption – Data encryption allows for secure transmission and storage of your data in the public cloud. You store the encryption passphrase locally, and it is never transmitted or stored in Azure. If it is necessary to restore any of the data, only you have encryption passphrase, or key.
Long-term retention – You can use Recovery Services vaults for short-term and long-term data retention. Azure doesn’t limit the length of time data can remain in a Recovery Services vault. You can keep data in a vault for as long as you like. Azure Backup has a limit of 9999 recovery points per protected instance.
Application-consistent backup – An application-consistent backup means a recovery point has all required data to restore the backup copy. Azure Backup provides application-consistent backups, which ensure additional fixes are not required to restore the data. Restoring application-consistent data reduces the restoration time, allowing you to quickly return to a running state.
Comparing Full, Differential and Incremental backup
With Full Backup, each backup copy contains the entire data source. Full backup consumes a large amount of network bandwidth and storage, each time a backup copy is transferred.
Differential backup stores only the blocks that changed since the initial full backup, which results in a smaller amount of network and storage consumption.
Incremental Backup achieves high storage and network efficiency by storing only the blocks of data that changed since the previous backup. With incremental backup, there is no need to take regular full backups. In the example, after taking the full backup in the first month, blocks A2, A3, A4, and A9 are marked as changed, and transferred to the second month.
Every Azure Backup component supports incremental backup regardless of the target storage (disk, tape, Recovery Services vault). Incremental backup ensures that backups are storage and time efficient, by transferring only those changes made since the last backup.
In today’s digital world where data is the new currency, protecting this data has become more important than ever before. We saw a large outbreak of Ransomware attacks like WannaCry, Petya and Locky. For the first six months of 2018, SonicWall reported that it found 5.99 billion malware attacks, which is a 102 percent increase over the first six months of 2017. Of particular note, is a 229 percent, year-over-year increase in ransomware attacks, with 181.5 million attacks since January.
With increasing innovations in the ransomware space, attackers are no longer restricting themselves to only data corruption. Backups are becoming the next line of attack for ransomware tools. This month saw the advent of a new ransomware, Zenis, Which not only encrypts your files but also purposely deletes your backups.
Combating these attacks requires more than just taking the backup. Taking a backup is only the first step in your protection, it becomes important to safe guard those backups in this model.
Key considerations for securing backups
To secure your backups, you need a multi-layered security mechanism that not only provides a backup but also addresses all the above, so ransomware cannot affect it.
- Offsite backups
- Multi-factor authentication for critical operations
- Role based access
- Delayed Delete
How does Azure Backup achieve these?
Role based access
How does Azure Backup achieve it?
Azure Backup stores backups in a storage account that is maintained by the Azure Backup service and is separate from the customer’s subscription
Any critical operations that originate from an on-premises location need to have valid two-factor authentication before they are honored
Backups are encrypted using AES 256 and sent via HTTPS to the cloud
Using Azure RBAC you can assign specific access to the various roles in your organization
Azure Backup alerts administrators through notifications for critical operation
Azure Backup retains backups for 14 days after a deletion request from an authenticated user
Certifications and Compliance
Microsoft Azure adheres to rigorous guidelines to maintain compliance and receive certifications such as ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 27001. This standard contains hundreds of specifications for how an organization should manage its information infrastructure to keep it secure. At least once per year, the ISO hires a third party to audit Microsoft Azure to ensure that it’s compliant.
Microsoft Azure was the first cloud provider to adhere to ISO 27018 which protects PII (Personally Identifiable Information) and requires the following:
- Customers of Microsoft cloud services know where their data is stored.
- Customer data won’t be used for marketing or advertising without explicit consent.
- Microsoft customers know what’s happening with their PII.
- Microsoft will comply only with legally binding requests for disclosure of customer data (microsoft.com).
The United States federal government has trusted its data with Microsoft Azure because it is also FedRAMP compliant.
In November 2017, Microsoft became one of the first global cloud service providers to achieve full accreditation by MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) in India for its three cloud models:
- Public Cloud, for shared, multi-tenant public cloud services
- Government Virtual Private Cloud, which must be logically separate from the public and other offerings of the cloud service provider
- Government Community Cloud, for cloud services that are dedicated to government departments and physically separate from the public and other offerings of the cloud service provider
The MeitY accreditation of Microsoft was the result of a rigorous audit conducted by the Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) Directorate.