Google Cloud migration made easy

At Google Cloud, we believe that effective integration of public cloud capabilities is fundamental to an enterprise’s digital transformation journey. A well-designed digital transformation strategy should do much more than keep you competitive… instead, it should position you to excel by untethering IT staff from low value, labor-intensive tasks, allowing them to focus on innovation and high-impact projects.In most cases migration to cloud is the first step to digital transformation because it offers a quick, simple path to cost savings and enhanced flexibility. In this article we’ll focus on migration of on-premise or public cloud hosted infrastructure into Google Cloud.Honestly, there is no single right answer when embarking on digital transformation and planning a corresponding migration strategy. Every transformation will have its own nuances and unique considerations. It’s about understanding the pros and cons of the options and making the decisions accordingly. Where to begin?Understanding your starting point is essential to planning and executing a successful application migration strategy. Take a comprehensive approach, including not only technical requirements, but also consideration of your business goals (both present and future), any critical timelines, and your own internal capabilities. Depending on your situation you might fall in any of the below categories as it relates to time-to-value. There is no one size fits all approach to migration but the key here is to know that whichever path you choose, there is always a way to build on top of that and continue to take more advantages of the cloud in an incremental fashion. Should you migrate to Google Cloud?To determine whether your application can and should migrate to cloud, begin by asking yourself the following questions:Are the components of my application stack virtualized or virtualizable?Can my application stack run in a cloud environment while still supporting any and all licensing, security, privacy, and compliance requirements?Can all application dependencies (e.g. 3rd party languages, frameworks, libraries, etc.) be supported in the cloud? If the answer is “no” for any of the above questions, it is recommended to evaluate whether it is feasible to replace those application components with a cloud offering. If not, it is recommended to leave those components on-premises during the initial phase of your digital transformation, while you focus on the migration of your other application components. If retention on-premises is no longer viable (e.g. if you must completely shut down your datacenter) or if you want to increase proximity to cloud resources, then taking advantage of Google Cloud’s Bare Metal Solution, or shifting to a colocation facility (colo) adjacent to the appropriate cloud region are recommended alternatives. Which migration path is right for you? As you embark on your transformation journey, we recommend considering five key types of migration to Google Cloud:Migrating to Google Cloud managed servicesMigrating to containers on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) or AnthosMigrating to VMs (“Lift and Shift”) on GCE (Google Compute Engine)Migrating to Google Cloud VMware EngineMigrating to the Google Cloud Bare Metal SolutionHere are some example scenarios:If you are dealing with aggressive timelines “lift and shift” might be a good choice to gain immediate infrastructure modernization via relocation to cloud. And you can follow up with additional modernization at a later time.If you seek to take immediate advantages from moving to cloud but are still under a constrained time and skills then “lift and optimize” is a great choice. Using compute virtual machines or VMware engine in the cloud you use the same virtualized familiar environment but can now take advantage of cloud elasticity and scale.If you are seeking to immediately leverage the full benefits of cloud (e.g. elasticity, scale, managed services), it may be most efficient to modernize more aggressively (e.g. by adopting container technology) in conjunction with migration. “Move and improve” and “refactoring” are great fit in this situation but know that it will take a bit longer to execute this strategy due to some changes required in the current apps to make them container friendly and/or severless.The following decision tree will help you decide which path is right for your application.Common use casesUse case 1: Hybrid Cloud BurstSet up the connectivity between on-premise and cloud using the cloud interconnect.Create a cloud landing zone, this includes creating the project and the resources such as Google Compute Engine (GCE), Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Google Cloud VMware Engine (GCVE) or Anthos.Then lift and shift or lift and optimize from on-premise to cloud in the appropriate resource. At this point you are ready to send the traffic bursts or excess traffic to Google Cloud to lower the stress on the existing data center.Use case 2: Modernize with AnthosEstablish network connectivity to GCP using cloud interconnect.Create cloud landing zone.Then, Lift-&-Shift Workloads to free up capacity on-prem.Build Anthos on-prem landing zone.Then, modernize Apps both on-prem and in the cloud.Use case 3: Land, Expand, RetireEstablish network connectivity to GCP using cloud interconnect.Create cloud landing zone.Then, migrate all workloads.Finally, retire Data Center once complete. Iterate through hardware retirement as needed.Use case 4: DR Site promotionEstablish network connectivity to GCP using cloud interconnect.Create cloud landing zone.You are then ready to duplicate all workloads in Cloud.Then, swap user connectivity to Cloud as PRIMARY.Finally, retire co-lo all at once.ConclusionWhether you are starting or in the middle of your digital transformation journey, Google Cloud meets you wherever you are and makes it easy for you to move towards a more flexible and agile infrastructure. Hopefully these steps act as a starting point in your journey and make your digital transformation journey easier. Here is an entire video series on Cloud Migration that walks you through how to get started.For more resources on migration checkout this whitepaper and this solution guide.For more #GCPSketchnote and similar cloud content follow me on twitter @pvergadia and keep an eye out on thecloudgirl.devRelated Article13 sample architectures to kickstart your Google Cloud journeyThe 13 most popular application architectures on Google Cloud, and how to get started.Read Article
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SAP on Google Cloud: 2 analyst studies reveal quantifiable business benefits

Cloud migration is top of mind for most companies with SAP applications. While the advantages of the cloud for SAP customers is generally understood, the move itself can be complicated and disruptive. So what actually are the business benefits and cost savings? How long will it take to recoup such an investment? Two recently published reports from Forrester and IDC can help to quantify the benefits and ROI. Getting answers to the million-dollar questionsForrester and IDC bring different methodologies to the table; they asked somewhat different questions and used different models to calculate their financial KPIs. This allows you to get two different points of view on the same basic questions about value, risk, and ROI.As it turns out, both reports found that customers who migrate their SAP environments to Google Cloud see an impressive return on their investments. From uptime and infrastructure to efficiency and productivity—both Forrester and IDC identified major benefits to companies that have made the move to Google Cloud.Let’s walk through some of the highlights from both reports.Forrester’s TEI model spotlights the power of uptime improvementsBased on in-depth conversations and quantitative research with six companies, here are the key findings from the Forrester Total Economic Impact (TEI) study for companies running SAP systems on Google Cloud: Direct cost savings. When they compare cloud subscription and related costs to what they spent on legacy systems and infrastructure, most IT leaders expect a cloud migration to deliver up-front savings. But according to Forrester, the companies interviewed reported average savings of more than $3 million a year, including eliminated hardware purchases, right-sized software licensing, staffing efficiencies, and other operational cost savings.Dramatically improved uptime. Customers told Forrester that migrating SAP to Google Cloud pretty much eliminates downtime—planned or unplanned—as a significant IT concern. According to Forrester, companies realized an average of $1.5 million in savings per year by avoiding the revenue and user productivity losses that had once been a fact of life for their IT teams.Significant efficiency gains. Because Google Cloud works to mitigate performance bottlenecks, infrastructure mishaps, network delays and more, the companies Forrester interviewed reported a yearly average of $500,000 in productivity gains for SAP business users and frontline workers.Companies also reported an annual average of $500,000 in additional IT efficiency gains after migrating SAP to Google Cloud. This quantifies what happens when IT practitioners no longer have to deal with the bottlenecks that come with legacy systems, and are able to spend their time on tasks that actually build value and help the business. Based on the Forrester analysis, the companies interviewed could expect average three-year net benefits of about $15.4 million.“We benefit from any technical innovation in the infrastructure area because Google Cloud is doing that for us,” one customer told Forrester. “So, whenever there’s new hardware available or new processes or whatever, I don’t have to run the specific project to migrate from A to B.” IDC finds that good things happen when SAP downtime is reduced The IDC report highlights four areas where Google Cloud generates the most value for customers:1. Cutting infrastructure costs. According to IDC, customers running SAP on Google Cloud spent 31% less on infrastructure each year, or an average of $233,000 less per company. The ability to scale SAP environments dynamically and to keep them right-sized was a major factor; so were the advantages of automated infrastructure monitoring and savings on software licenses once these companies could stop overprovisioning.2. Giving a team better things to do. IDC found that the infrastructure, database, and security teams of the companies they interviewed reduced the time they need to maintain and manage SAP environments by an average of 66% per year, for a savings of $443,000, per company. As a result, these companies got the equivalent of a major staff expansion from their SAP migrations—giving them both the staff time and the expertise to focus on far more valuable activities.3. Limiting unplanned downtime. These companies reported to IDC an average 98% reduction in unplanned downtime. Migrating SAP to Google Cloud significantly reduces the threat of downtime and saves the business an average of nearly $770,000 per year in lost revenue and user productivity. For some firms, the downtime savings topped $1 million per year.4. Making users more productive. The companies interviewed told IDC that by avoiding downtime and disruptions associated with upgrade and maintenance tasks for their legacy SAP systems, they saved an average of $363,000 annually in user productivity. But there’s an even more interesting under-the-hood stat contributing to these gains: These companies reduced the time required to deploy new SAP compute and storage resources from an average of 8.8 days to 1 hour.When IDC added up these and other savings associated with running SAP on Google Cloud, it found an average three-year savings of more than $3.5 million and a five-month payback period. “We acquired another company, so basically overnight we needed to be able to deal with that increase,” said one customer IDC spoke with. “We doubled our footprint overnight, and we had to take on hundreds of additional employees. We needed a platform that we could easily scale up if we required, and that’s the benefit of running SAP on Google Cloud for us.” Explore the reportsThere is a lot to think about when considering a move of SAP systems to the cloud. The cloud has many advantages, but migration can seem complicated and tricky; we appreciate that you are looking to understand the full picture. These papers are a great place to start. Download the reports—Forrester’s “Total Economic Impact of SAP on Google Cloud” and IDC’s “Business Value of SAP for Google Cloud Environments.” Then, get in touch.
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Security-at-scale: 10 new security and management controls

With so many people working remotely, it’s imperative that the tools we use to stay productive are secure. Already this year we have worked to strengthen security for our customers and help make threat defense more effective. Today, we’re sharing new advancements that provide robust controls, enable automation, and simplify managing security-at-scale with both G Suite and Google Cloud Platform. Enabling extensibility through APIsFirst, let’s take a look at enabling extensibility with APIs with the general availability of both Cloud Identity groups API and service account API access for Cloud Identity customers. We recognize that some Google Cloud customers rely heavily on groups but are not G Suite administrators. We are now enabling programmatic access to manage groups without requiring admin roles with Cloud Identity groups API. With this feature, we’ve expanded access to non-admin service accounts and users as group owners and managers.  Further, you can programmatically manage groups using service accounts without needing to grant domain-wide delegation or use admin impersonation with service account API access. Hand-in-hand with this feature is service accounts as members, in general availability, which natively supports service accounts in groups without changing group settings, and indicates if a member is a service account. These features also allow for more accurate visibility into actions taken by service accounts; now, audit logs will show the service account as the actor as opposed to an impersonated user via domain-wide delegation. “Before API access without domain wide delegation, we required many Group Admin accounts to manage the capability. We are now able to limit access to only those who absolutely need it, helping us to strengthen our security posture.” – Woolworths Next, we’re adding to G Suite’s Vault API with the general availability of Count API. This API enables you to see the number of messages, files, or other data items that match a search query. Since this functionality can help you estimate the size of an export, Count API helps you ensure a successful export by reducing the likelihood of export errors due to size.Saving time and effort with group membership automationWe’re helping Cloud Identity customers save time and effort with new automation in group membership. Complete automation of group membership is possible with dynamic groups, now in beta. By simply utilizing the appropriate user attributes in a membership query, you can create groups whose membership is automatically kept up-to-date.We’re also introducing membership expiration for Cloud Identity in beta, which allows you to set a time-based expiration on group membership to automatically revoke group membership once the specified time period has passed. This can be especially useful to allow engineers to debug in production for a limited time, or grant temporary contractors or vendors time-based access to resources, for example.Adding controls to enhance securityWe want our customers to feel empowered with all of the controls they need to customize security according to their organization’s needs. Here are some ways that we’re giving you even greater control to meet your security objectives when managing groups. With security groups for Cloud Identity, now in beta, you can add security labels to groups to differentiate between groups used for access control and those only used for email or other communication. This labeling helps you ensure that security groups cannot contain any groups from outside of your organization or email-only groups.  Next, to give you more control in managing groups, we launched the beta of groups in GCP console in May. With this feature, we’ve simplified creating groups, adding users, and assigning permission. You can try it here.Use visibility and insights to strategically prioritize your security effortsHaving visibility into the access and data within your organization is a critical step in protecting it. Taking that a step further, having insights to act upon helps you strategically prioritize your security efforts.First, let’s talk about the visibility you’ll gain with indirect membership visibility & hierarchy APIs, now in beta for Cloud Identity. To help you easily visualize group membership, this feature allows you to view all direct and indirect members of a group, view all direct and indirect memberships of a user, and find paths from a user to a group. In addition, with a new check API, you can identify if an account is a member of a given group or not. You’ll get all of the information you need to create visualization of complex group structures and hierarchies. Having this kind of membership visibility can help you make decisions about who to add to or remove from your groups.Next, we’re helping you take visibility to the next level with actionable insights that help you keep your organization’s data safe. We’re happy to announce that we are rolling out the general availability of data protection insights in the next couple weeks to help you identify the top sensitive data types for your organization. Beyond just being able to see what sensitive data your organization is dealing with, we’re helping you prioritize and focus your data protection efforts. Data protection insights will be available to G Suite Business customers, in addition to the G Suite Enterprise customers.With these tools, we are giving organizations the ability to manage security-at-scale more effectively and securely, while saving time and effort. To help you navigate the latest thinking in cloud security, explore the latest installment of our Google Cloud Security Talks, on-demand now.
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The new Azure VMware Solution is now generally available

Last week, during Microsoft Ignite we announced the general availability of the new Azure VMware Solution. Designed, built, and supported by Microsoft, Cloud Verified by VMware, running VMware Cloud Foundation technologies, Azure VMware Solution enables customers to extend or migrate VMware workloads to the cloud seamlessly. Organizations can maintain existing VMware skills and operational processes, running VMware Cloud Foundation technologies, and leverage the benefits of Azure—all at the same time.

Since announcing the preview, we’ve seen tremendous interest from businesses for Azure VMware Solution. Driven in part by organizations adapting to and recovering from the global health crisis, organizations are increasingly adopting the cloud to ensure continuity, resiliency, and cost efficiency for their business.

As always, Microsoft is focused on delivering solutions that meet our customers where they are today. In a time where speed, simplicity and skill retention are critical, Azure VMware Solution provides organizations with a fast path to the cloud, so your business can continue to use the VMware platform you know, and modernize on-premises workloads at your pace.

Engineered to meet you where you are

The goal of Azure VMware Solution has always been to deliver the best, most secure, most functional cloud of choice for our customers. As a first-party Microsoft Azure service, built in partnership with VMware, we bring the best of both platforms together to deliver a high quality, integrated solution.

Azure VMware Solution has been engineered as a core Azure compute service to deliver you the speed, scale, and high availability of our global infrastructure. With a focus on simplicity the solution features a unified Azure portal experience, and seamless access to other Azure resources. Our Microsoft and VMware engineering teams also worked closely together to deliver new functionality to run familiar VMware Cloud Foundation technology, including vSphere, HCX, NSX-T, and vSAN. We also heard from our enterprise customers the importance of large scale bulk migration, so to further ease migration efforts, you will now be able to take advantage of HCX Enterprise edition (currently in preview) which includes Replication Assisted vMotion (RAV).

Finally, from our experience with enterprise migrations, we know the importance of planning and estimating your migration to cloud. We are pleased to share that Azure Migrate supports Azure VMware Solution, helping businesses discover all of your VMs running on-premises and create assessments based on sizing and cost analysis, so you can create your Azure VMware Solution private cloud to your needs.

Unmatched cost efficiency with Azure Hybrid Benefit

As a core Azure service, Azure VMware Solution also supports Azure Hybrid Benefits, allowing you to bring your existing Microsoft workloads, running on-premises to the cloud, in the most cost-effective way. You can now maximize the value of existing on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server license investments when migrating or extending to Azure. In addition, Azure VMware Solution customers are also eligible for three years of free Extended Security Updates on 2008 versions of Windows Server and SQL Server. These pricing benefits are only available on Azure and create simplicity and cost efficiency for your journey to cloud.

Seamless access to Azure services

Throughout development, delivering on a seamless connection to Azure services has been paramount. Azure VMware Solution is tightly integrated with the Azure global network backbone to ensure you can centralize all your cloud resources in Azure. Now, whether you are looking to migrate completely or extend your on-premises VMware-based applications, you gain access to Azure services that can enhance security, management, and unlock modernization across your entire environment. We know from our customer conversations that organizations need time to develop cloud competencies within the organization. Azure VMware Solution gets you to the cloud quickly, maintaining consistency in the VMware tools and operations that you have, and growing cloud skills over time.

To help ensure business continuity and improve security and management, Azure VMware Solution customers can incrementally attach Azure services to enhance the existing environment and processes, including:

Azure Backup combined with the Recovery Services vault for VM backup and recovery. Provides geo-redundant, longer-term, off-site storage for compliance purposes, and, at the same time, address short-term retention needs for restoring data. This is a cost-effective, scalable approach to backup.
Connect Azure Security Center and Azure Sentinel with Azure VMware Solution virtual machines (VMs) to quickly strengthen your security posture and protect against threats. As security threats continue to increase, this provides a streamlined way to apply advanced best practices to your environment.
Create efficiencies with enhanced management functionalities to support cloud and hybrid environments. Integration of Azure Monitor for vCenter logs provides visibility for VMs usage; Azure Update Manager for Lifecycle Management of Windows VMs; Azure Traffic Manager to balance application workloads running on Azure VMware Solution across multiple endpoints; Azure App gateway to manage traffic to webapps running on Azure VMware Solution; API Management to publish and protect APIs on Azure VMware Solution VMs for the developer community.
Optimization storage for VMs running on Azure VMware Solution with integration with Azure NetApp Files and Azure File Share. As you also modernize application storage strategies, you can now also integrate with Azure SQL services.

Expanding partner ecosystem

As you look to move workloads from your current datacenter, and extend existing VMware workloads from on-premises to the cloud, we recognize that confidence in supportability for partner technologies that you may use today is also important. Microsoft is working closely with key partners that are integral to your IT environment, including leading solutions for backup and disaster recovery, as well as other enterprise services that run on-premises today.

“Zerto and Azure have long been an ideal combination for businesses accelerating cloud adoption and looking to simplify data protection and disaster recovery (DR). Now, with Microsoft’s new generally available release of Azure VMware Solution, customers can use Zerto to replicate and protect VMs into the cloud and within the cloud, with the same seamless experience they have on premise. Users can replicate and recover into Azure VMware Solution in under two hours, providing the ability to implement a real-time, enterprise DR solution in less time than it takes to watch a movie. It’s fast, it’s easy to manage, and it’s a great platform for disaster recovery and data protection for hybrid cloud deployments.”

Gil Levonai, CMO and SVP of Product, Zerto

“Partnering with Microsoft Azure enables us to provide a robust and cost-effective solution for disaster recovery and business continuity. It's an ideal combination: the JetStream DR software brings continuous data protection to enterprise VMware environments, Azure Blob Storage provides a cost effective means of maintaining recovery assets, and the Azure VMware Solution provides a highly available, reliable VMware platform that can scale to meet customers' recovery and failover requirements.”

Tom Critser, Co-Founder and CEO, Jetstream

“Using Microsoft Azure has been a critical component of the success of Commvault’s solutions and we are happy to add support for Azure VMware Solution as part of a customer’s heterogeneous, enterprise-wide data environment. In leveraging Microsoft’s Azure infrastructure, our joint customers gain the benefits of ease, scalability, security, and cost reduction seamlessly combined with leading features of our products, making it a winning combination for customers.”

Randy De Meno, VP/CTO, Microsoft Products & Solutions, Commvault

“Veritas Technologies and the Microsoft Azure teams are mutually invested in our ongoing partnership to solve the most important customer needs in Azure VMware Solution. We worked very closely together in early testing and certification to deliver a level of protection and recovery that surpasses VMware admin’s expectations in Azure VMware Solution. Veritas data protection solutions ensure that no matter where VM data resides, it meets the enterprise data protection requirements of storage reduction, and automated intelligent policies. Veritas’s continued support for the next version of Azure VMware Solution further illustrates our strong partnership and aligned commitment to helping our joint customers in their ongoing adoption of hybrid cloud, including their VMware estate. VMware admins no longer have to choose between local or hosted when it comes to their workloads and can rest easy knowing their data is protected and recoverable from anywhere, to anywhere with Veritas NetBackup.”

Doug Mathews, VP Product Management, Enterprise Data Protection and Compliance, Veritas

“Veeam currently supports the backup of Azure-native virtual machines via Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure. Now, Veeam support for Azure VMware Solutions makes it possible to easily backup and replicate vSphere workloads to and from Azure. Through Veeam Availability Suite, simple workload protection and portability is possible across on-premises VMware, Azure VMware Solution, and Azure-native VM workloads. As the leader in Cloud Data Management, Veeam strives to partner with our 375,000 customers and help them achieve their business objectives. Our day one support for Azure VMware Solution is not only a testament to our customer commitment, but also in our investment and strong, long-term relationships with VMware and Microsoft.“

Danny Allan, Chief Technology Officer and SVP of Product Strategy, Veeam

Learn more about Azure VMware Solution

Watch our Ignite sessions: To learn more about the solution and the general availability announcement, watch the Azure VMware Solution Ignite overview session or visit the Azure VMware Solution web page. You can also check out the following technical sessions from Ignite: AVS Technical Overview, AVS Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, AVS Networking.
See Azure VMware Solution in Action: If you're interested in seeing the solution in action, watch the latest Microsoft Mechanics Azure VMware Solution demo here. 
Join us at VMworld 2020: Microsoft is excited to be a diamond sponsor at VMworld 2020 and we look forward to connecting with you in the new digital format. We have a great line-up of speakers and sessions across a number of solution areas where we partner together, including: Azure VMware Solution, Horizon Cloud and Windows Virtual Desktop, VMware Tanzu on Azure, Azure Spring Cloud.

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What’s new in Azure Backup

At Microsoft Ignite, we announced several new Azure Backup features that enhance the protection of your data in Azure. Azure Backup is Azure’s native backup solution that provides data protection capabilities for diverse and mission-critical workloads in a simple, secure, and cost-effective manner. The latest capabilities that we announced this Ignite let you expand your data protection to new workload types, enhance security, and improve the availability of your backup data. Furthermore, you can now increase operational efficiencies with built-in capabilities for managing backups at scale, along with the ability to automatically onboard Azure Backup to Windows Server Virtual Machines.

Protect Azure Database for PostgreSQL and retain the backups for 10 years

Azure Backup and Azure Database Services have come together to build an enterprise-class backup solution for Azure PostgreSQL (now in preview). Now you can meet your data protection and compliance needs with a customer-controlled backup policy that enables retention of backups for up to ten years. With this, you have granular control to manage the backup and restore operations at the individual database level. Likewise, you can restore across PostgreSQL versions or to blob storage with ease. Please visit Backup for Azure Database for PostgreSQL for more details and start using the service today.

Ensure database consistent snapshots for Oracle and MySQL databases running on Azure Linux virtual machines

Application-consistent backups ensure that the backed-up data is transactionally consistent, and that applications will boot up post-virtual machine (VM) restore. To ensure transactional consistency, applications need to be quiesced, and there should be no unfinished transactions when taking a VM snapshot. The Azure Backup service already provides a framework to achieve application consistency during backups of Azure Linux VMs. This framework gives you the flexibility to execute scripts that are orchestrated pre and post backup of the VM.

At Microsoft Ignite, we have an improved application consistency framework that provides packaged pre-post scripts to provide database consistent backups for a few select databases. Sign up for the preview that supports backing up Oracle and MySQL databases running on Azure Linux VMs.

Scale up and scale out your data protection along with your estate

As you scale up your workloads to use larger configurations or scale out across regions, you can also scale your data protection inline to the expansion of your business with new backup capabilities across various workload types.

Enhanced backup capabilities for Azure Virtual Machines

Azure Backup supports backing up all the disks (operating system and data) in a VM together using the VM backup solution. Using the new selective disks backup and restore functionality, you can back up a subset of the data disks in a VM (now generally available). This provides an efficient and cost-effective solution for your backup and restore needs. Each recovery point contains only the disks that are included in the backup operation. This further allows you to have a subset of disks restored from the given recovery point during the restore operation. Until now, Azure Backup has supported 16 managed disks per VM. Now, Azure Backup supports backup of up to 32 managed disks per VM (now generally available).

Simplified backup configuration experience for SQL in Azure Virtual Machines

Configuring backups for your SQL Server in Azure VMs is now even easier with inline backup configuration integrated into the VM blade of the Azure portal (now generally available). With just a few clicks, you can enable backup of your SQL Server to protect all the existing databases as well as the ones that get added in the future.

Backup SAP HANA in RHEL Azure Virtual Machines

Azure Backup is the native backup solution for Azure and is BackInt certified by SAP. Azure Backup has now added support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) (now generally available), one of the most widely used Linux operating systems running SAP HANA.

Seamless backup configuration for Azure Files

Azure Backup has simplified the experience of configuring backup for Azure file shares by giving you the ability to seamlessly enable backup from the file share management experience in the Azure portal. With this new capability (now generally available), you can perform the backup and restore related operations directly from the file share experience, as well as the vault experience.

Improve the durability of your backup data

Azure Storage provides a great balance of high performance, high availability, and high data resiliency with its varied redundancy options. Azure Backup allows you to extend these benefits to backup data as well, with options to store your backups in locally redundant storage (LRS) and geo-redundant storage (GRS). This Microsoft Ignite, we allow you to increase durability options for your backups with the added support of Zonally Redundant Storage for backup data (now in preview).

Ensuring data protection requires not just being able to back up your data, but also being able to control on to what, when, and where you want to restore your data. Azure Backup provides this control by allowing cross-region restore for Azure Virtual Machines. At Microsoft Ignite, we have extended this capability to restore across regions backed up SQL and SAP HANA databases in Azure Virtual Machines (now in preview).

Enhance security for your backups

Concerns about increasing security threats such as malware, ransomware, and intrusion have been top of mind for many of our customers. These security threats can be costly from both a monetary and reputational perspective. To guard against such attacks, Azure Backup provides security features to help protect backup data even after deletion. One such feature is soft delete. With soft delete, even if a malicious actor deletes a backup (or backup data is accidentally deleted), the backup data is retained for 14 additional days, allowing the recovery of that backup item with no data loss. The additional 14 days of retention for backup data in the soft deleted state does not incur any additional cost. Azure Backup now provides soft delete for SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machine and SAP HANA in Azure Virtual Machine (now generally available) workloads. This is in addition to the already supported soft-delete capability for Azure Virtual machines.

Increase efficiencies in backup operations with new built-in capabilities to manage your backups at scale with Backup Center

Azure Backup has enabled a new native management capability to manage your entire Backup estate from a central console. Backup Center provides customers with the capability to monitor, operate, govern, and optimize data protection at scale in a unified manner consistent with Azure’s native management experiences.

With Backup Center, you get an aggregated view of your inventory across subscriptions, locations, resource groups, vaults, and even tenants using Azure Lighthouse. Backup Center is also an action center from where you can trigger your backup related activities, such as configuring backup, restore, creation of policies or vaults, all from a single place. In addition, with seamless integration to Azure Policy, you can now govern your environment and track compliance from a backup perspective. In-built Azure Policies specific to backup also allow you to configure backups at scale.

Backup Center supports two workload types, which are Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Database for PostgreSQL servers (now in preview), along with Azure Files, SQL in Azure Virtual Machines, and SAP HANA in Azure Virtual Machines (now in limited preview).

Plan and optimize backup costs

Achieving cost efficiency with your cloud usage is more critical today than ever before. The Azure Backup team is committed to helping you optimize your backup costs. New capabilities in Azure Backup Reports (now in preview) help you get more visibility into your backup usage and also help you take action to right-size backup storage and achieve significant cost savings. An advanced pricing calculator (now generally available) also allows you to estimate your costs for budgeting and price comparisons.

Automatically onboard, configure, and monitor Azure Backup on your virtual machines

With Azure Automanage (now in preview), it is possible to automate frequent and time-consuming management tasks such as the onboarding and configuration of Azure Backup. Through Automanage, Backup will be automatically configured when using the Azure Best Practices Production configuration profile. The Backup policy can be customized through Automanage preferences to meet company or compliance requirements. Furthermore, Automanage will continuously monitor the Backup settings and will automatically remediate back to the desired state if drift is detected. By using Azure Automanage, it is possible to realize further operational savings while improving business continuity. 

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