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In our earlier blog posts, we talked about a couple key scenarios for Backup in Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS): Cloud as Tape Replacement and Remote Office backup.

Today we are announcing Recovery Services Vault in Microsoft Azure, which brings OMS Backup and OMS Site Recovery under a common management umbrella. Both these scenarios can now be managed from Recovery Services Vault, a single Azure resource that lets you manage Backup or enable replication for Site Recovery. This not only gives you consistency as you work with either solution, but also paves the way for tighter integration of backup and disaster recovery capabilities. For backup scenarios, the Recovery Services Vault brings Azure IaaS VM protection as well as hybrid data protection under a single management entity. Recovery Services Vault is not just a storage vault, but also a management entity that provides a single pane of glass for managing all backup assets across your organization.

Getting started with Recovery Services Vault is quite simple:

Look for Backup or Site Recovery in the Azure Marketplace in the Azure portal.

Backup or Site Recovery in the Azure Marketplace

Create a Recovery Services Vault in a region closest to your datacenter or where the Azure IaaS VMs are deployed.

Create a Recovery Services Vault

For a guided experience, select Getting Started, then Backup in the settings page.

Getting Started_Backup

For on-premises backup to cloud choose the type of workload you plan to backup and the necessary components, either Azure Backup Server or Azure Backup Agent, are automatically selected for download.

Backup Goal

Once the Azure Backup Server or Agent is installed, you can register the server to the Recovery Services Vault using the vault credentials and enable backup. For more information, refer to the documentation.

Register Server

Options for Cloud Solution Providers or CSP Partners

The Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program (CSP) enables partners to directly manage their entire Microsoft cloud customer lifecycle. Partners in this program utilize dedicated in-product tools to directly provision, manage, and support their customer subscriptions. Partners can easily package their own tools, products and services, and combine them into one monthly or annual customer bill. With the release of Recovery Services Vault, OMS Backup is fully CSP enabled. Partners can be the first point of contact for end customers and manage their backup solutions or enable self-service experiences for their customers through the following interfaces:

Benefits of moving to Recovery Services Vault include:

ARM VM Backup

The new Recovery Services Vault enables backup of ARM IaaS virtual machines as well as classic virtual machines. These backups are application consistent backup for Windows Azure VMs and File-system consistent backup for Linux Azure VMs without the need to shutdown VM. It is simple to configure and there is no infrastructure to manage.

Backup management

Customers view backup artifacts registered to Recovery Services Vault such as the following too quickly:

  • Backup items such as Azure IaaS VMs
  • Recovery points for each backup item in order to restore
  • Production servers, such as Windows Servers that are backed up
  • Backup management servers such as Azure Backup Servers and System Center Data Protection Manager servers
  • Backup jobs for IaaS VMs

Overtime, customers can expect more functionality added to the Recovery Services Vault to manage all aspects of backup from a single pane of glass.

CSP enablement

As mentioned above, Recovery Services Vault is the only way for CSP partners to manage backup and enjoy the benefits of Microsoft CSP program.

To learn more about OMS Backup, check out the Learning Path.