August 30, 2022
By David Ngo – Metallic CTO
There’s a well-known adage that states “You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” And believe it or not, when it comes to cloud databases, this is very true. Have you ever thought about the downstream effects of losing a Microsoft Azure database?
“Wait a minute,” you say. “Losing an Azure database in the CLOUD? Where is everything backed up?” If that’s your initial response, you wouldn’t be alone.
What you might not know, is that while Azure database services are highly available and redundant, enterprises and MSPs need purpose-built protection to address the shifting nature of threats that go along with cloud modernization. With our latest innovation, we are excited to add support for Azure databases as we continue to help customers protect their business-critical data – all while leveraging the latest cloud technology with an agile SaaS-delivered solution.
Introducing Metallic Backup for Azure Databases
We are pleased to announce that with today’s feature release, Metallic supports the broadest selection of Azure databases of any DMaaS solution. We have added the following in addition to existing SQL Server on Azure VMs support:
- Azure SQL
- Azure DB services
As companies modernize apps and move their cloud strategies forward, agile cloud-delivered solutions are critical to safeguard cloud-native data along with their full data estate. We are committed to enabling this, as Metallic Backup for Azure Databases complements Azure native services, with the capability to ensure that you’re prepared for modern threats like ransomware and malicious insiders while you accelerate your modernization and cloud development initiatives.
Modern Applications are Driven by Cloud Databases
There are two key components to applications: compute, and storage. The storage component of applications is back-ended by the data that makes it possible to run those apps, and drive business-critical services such as inventory systems, license management, and many others. That data is what allows the application to deliver value to the end user – no data, no application. In addition, app development and applications themselves are more complex than ever. It makes sense to protect that valuable intellectual property in any scenario.
Database Security and Native Backup
Unfortunately, malware and malicious insider threats to your SaaS-critical data have never been higher, and unknown threats continue to proliferate. Consider the following scenarios, all of which are legitimate threats to database integrity:
- Accidental deletion
- Corrupted or bad code
- Bad actors
- Zero-day threats
As a result, it’s a worthwhile exercise to know what backup services are included in your contract; they can vary. And while native backup options are readily available, third-party backup solutions provide both management simplicity and separation of backup data from production environments. Metallic complements Microsoft capabilities with an air-gapped, resilient service which can help protect against threats on production systems by isolating databases from the data protection domain.
Going even further, you can holistically complete your backup strategy with these other features, all of which are included with Metallic:
- Unlimited retention
- User-defined backup frequency
- Cross-region recovery capability
- Reduced TCO
- Manage Microsoft database services from a single interface
Bottom line: Metallic Backup for Azure Databases ensures you can keep those business-critical applications up and running, no matter what the scenario or business need.
Get Started Today
This latest feature is in line with our strategy to deliver the gold standard in Data Management as a Service (DMaaS), with unmatched breadth of coverage and flexibility to protect across on premises, cloud and virtualized environments, including robust multi-cloud support.
Metallic is unique as a SaaS-delivered solution in its coverage across Microsoft. This latest addition is an extension of our close partnership and commitment to supporting Microsoft customers and environments with robust, SaaS delivered data protection and management, built with the power of Microsoft Azure.