If you’ve been looking to get into cloud backup for your office, Microsoft Azure is one of the easier online backup systems to start with, one of the most powerful, and one of the most versatile, with different levels of service depending on your business needs. Truth be told, we can cover the entire backup in three steps, and here they are:
Step 1: Find your Support Product and Sign Up for a Preview
Start at the official signup page. You’ll be asked to fill out a simple form and you may receive a confirmation email. If so, then simply follow the link and you’ll be registered and ready for the next step.
Step 2: Download the Correct Agent or Integration Module
Once you’ve filled out the requested information and registered your account, you can move on to the online backup portal to find the appropriate product to download. Windows Essentials should be enough for most small firms, say, if you have anywhere from 10 to 25 employee. If you have up to 500 employees, then Windows Server 2012 should be able to handle your needs, while you really don’t need to look into the System Center unless you have 500+ employees to worry about.
Step 3: Install and Configure the Agent or Module
Once you’ve downloaded the appropriate agent or module, it’s simply a matter of going through the installation and configuration procedure, which shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes.
If we’ve made this sound all too easy, well, it is. You’ll start with 300 GB of free storage including key features like block level and incremental backups, data compression, encryption and throttling, data integrity verified through the cloud, and retention policies that you can configure to your own ends.
The Windows Azure system is a powerful and user friendly way to provide your office with the backup that you need. Whether you have sixteen employees or six hundred, Windows Azure has a cloud backup plan to fit your office. If you’ve been hesitant to get into cloud backup as of yet, don’t be. Windows Azure makes the process easy without sacrificing anything in terms of storage space, security or integrity.