A series of new features will be added as part of the February 2015 update of Microsoft Azure Backup.
The key capabilities of the update include long-term retention, with users able to retain data for up to 99 years in Azure as the cloud replaces tapes as backup.
Azure Backup also allows for offline seeding, which enables users to complete initial seeding faster and off-the-network.
Other key capabilities include the backup of all data protection management (DPM) workloads to Azure, and improved monitoring and reporting in System Center Operations Manager.
By using the cloud as a tape replacement, users can specify daily, weekly, monthly and yearly retention policies.
With the new Azure Backup, users can complete the initial backup by integrating with the Azure Import/Export service. This means that instead of sending initial backup data across a congested network, the disk containing the backup can be sent to the nearest Azure data centre.
Before the new release, DPM customers could backup only Hyper-V virtual machines, SQL databases and file and folders to Azure. The combination of DPM update rollout 5 and the latest Azure Backup agent means users are now able to backup Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange and Windows Client workloads to Azure.
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 for Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
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