Microsoft Beefs Up Data Protection for Government Cloud Customers
Showing its growing confidence in handling high-security cloud workloads, Microsoft makes Azure Backup and Site Recovery features available to government customers.Microsoft this week announced new cloud-based data protection capabilities for U.S. government agencies that adhere to tough security and data privacy standards. Now, Azure Government customers can back up their Azure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) virtual machines (VMs) using Azure Backup. "Azure IaaS VM backup provides application-consistent backups, with zero ongoing maintenance and infrastructure deployment for backup. Azure Backup transfers snapshots taken on an IaaS VM to a secure, reliable Azure Backup vault and can restore the VM in a single click," blogged Giridhar Mosay, a program manager in Microsoft's Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise division. "Protection of Azure IaaS VMs will help [a] number of government customers in state and local, federal civilian and defense, plus over a hundred solution partners with dedicated government practices, to leverage the cloud for critical business needs by backing up their assets on cloud," said Mosay. In addition, the company has activated Azure Backup Server, enabling government customers to back up their Microsoft environments, including Windows clients, SQL Server, SharePoint Server, Exchange and Hyper-V virtual machines.
"Customers with tier 1 workloads like Microsoft SQL Server can benefit from Microsoft Azure Backup Server by choosing disk backups for better RPOs [recovery point objectives] and RTOs [recovery time objectives]," said Mosay. "They can continue to back up to Azure for long-term retention using disk-disk-cloud backup strategy."