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  • Dear Team,

    I have some doubts about Azure Backup. these are following.

    1) Azure backup agent needs to be upgraded with its certificate after every 48 hours. is it true? because i want to give it to end-user laptops which will be roaming. so that is not possible for end-user.

    2) If i am using azure backup on laptops, and if laptop hdd fails, then is it possible for IT admin to download the data of Laptop user from backup vault?

    3) what are the aspects needs to understood for pricing perspective? like VPN or storage, etc?

    Please revert.


    Kunal Rane

    Wednesday, October 5, 2016 1:20 PM

Answers

  • Hi Kunal,

    To answer your questions:

    1) The Azure Backup agent does not need to be upgraded every 48 hours. Microsoft do release updates, but they usually come every 30 to 90 days. That being said, even if an update is available, you are not required to update your laptop immediately.

    2) Yes, your admins could restore the files tehmselves as long as they have access to the Azure subscriptionthe vault resides in and have the backup vault key that was entered during the agent setup on the laptop. Beware that this key is private and cannot be retrieved by anyone, so save it in a save place!

    3) in regards to cost, you will see two separate charges for Azure Backup:

    - The first one is a cost per protected instance (in your case per laptop).
    This is calculate based on the size of the protected data on the instance. If the data is less than 50GB, the price will be $5USD/month, if the size is between 50GB and 500GB, the price will be $10USD/month. Any additional 500GB will then cost you an additional $10USD/month.

    - The second cost is the cost of blob storage for your protected data
    In addition to the "per protected instance" cost, you will also have to pay for the blob storage that is used by your uploaded data in Azure. This cost varies depending if you choose geo-redundant (data is copied across multiple locations for safety) or locally-redundant (three copies of your data is kept in one Azure datacentre).
    Geo-redundant storage costs per GB is $0.058/Month, while Locally-redundant storage will, per GB, cost you $0.024USD/month.

    There is good Azure price calculator can help you determine how much your solution will cost you here:

    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/calculator/

    (Clic on "add item", then select "monitoring and management", then "backup" and enter the number of laptops you want to protect along with their size).


    Hope this helps, Stephane

    • Marked as answer by Kunal Rane Thursday, October 6, 2016 5:18 AM
    Wednesday, October 5, 2016 9:38 PM
  • Hi Kunal,

    It will be the same blob storage for backup.

    For example, say you have a virtual machine (or a laptop) that has 40GB of storage. In the above calculator, simply enter "40" in the "GB" field next to the instances number and the total per month will be calculated for you at the bottom (including blob storage).

    if you do the above operation for each of your VMs or laptops and add the totals (bottom number) together, you will have the total cost for the solution per month.

    Does that make sense?
    Let me know if you need any further clarifications.


    Hope this helps, Stephane

    • Marked as answer by Kunal Rane Thursday, October 6, 2016 9:40 AM
    Thursday, October 6, 2016 8:29 AM

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  • Hi Kunal,

    To answer your questions:

    1) The Azure Backup agent does not need to be upgraded every 48 hours. Microsoft do release updates, but they usually come every 30 to 90 days. That being said, even if an update is available, you are not required to update your laptop immediately.

    2) Yes, your admins could restore the files tehmselves as long as they have access to the Azure subscriptionthe vault resides in and have the backup vault key that was entered during the agent setup on the laptop. Beware that this key is private and cannot be retrieved by anyone, so save it in a save place!

    3) in regards to cost, you will see two separate charges for Azure Backup:

    - The first one is a cost per protected instance (in your case per laptop).
    This is calculate based on the size of the protected data on the instance. If the data is less than 50GB, the price will be $5USD/month, if the size is between 50GB and 500GB, the price will be $10USD/month. Any additional 500GB will then cost you an additional $10USD/month.

    - The second cost is the cost of blob storage for your protected data
    In addition to the "per protected instance" cost, you will also have to pay for the blob storage that is used by your uploaded data in Azure. This cost varies depending if you choose geo-redundant (data is copied across multiple locations for safety) or locally-redundant (three copies of your data is kept in one Azure datacentre).
    Geo-redundant storage costs per GB is $0.058/Month, while Locally-redundant storage will, per GB, cost you $0.024USD/month.

    There is good Azure price calculator can help you determine how much your solution will cost you here:

    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/calculator/

    (Clic on "add item", then select "monitoring and management", then "backup" and enter the number of laptops you want to protect along with their size).


    Hope this helps, Stephane

    • Marked as answer by Kunal Rane Thursday, October 6, 2016 5:18 AM
    Wednesday, October 5, 2016 9:38 PM
  • Thank you Very much Stephane.

    You really helped me with this reply.

    i have some small doubt with this.

    in Azure Calculator, this instance and storage is shown.. then so do i need to calculate another blob storage for this? or it the same storage that will be used for backup?

    


    Kunal Rane

    Thursday, October 6, 2016 5:27 AM
  • Hi Kunal,

    It will be the same blob storage for backup.

    For example, say you have a virtual machine (or a laptop) that has 40GB of storage. In the above calculator, simply enter "40" in the "GB" field next to the instances number and the total per month will be calculated for you at the bottom (including blob storage).

    if you do the above operation for each of your VMs or laptops and add the totals (bottom number) together, you will have the total cost for the solution per month.

    Does that make sense?
    Let me know if you need any further clarifications.


    Hope this helps, Stephane

    • Marked as answer by Kunal Rane Thursday, October 6, 2016 9:40 AM
    Thursday, October 6, 2016 8:29 AM
  • Thanks Stephane..

    really appreciated you.


    Kunal Rane

    Thursday, October 6, 2016 9:41 AM