With the increasing focus on protection of enterprise cloud assets, especially in the face of growing ransomware threats, having a proper backup strategy in place is key to ensuring minimal disruption to your business. This includes not just the ability to take backups regularly, but also making sure that you have scalable processes in place to govern, secure, monitor and analyze backups so that there are no irregularities in your last line of defense.
At Spring Ignite ‘21, we announced the general availability of Backup center, a single unified management experience in Azure for enterprises to manage backups at scale. Since then, we have continued to release more features to enhance your backup management experience. Some of the key enhancements are described in this blog.
As a backup admin, it is important to stay on top of all critical incidents and ensure that these are routed to the right channels so that timely action can be taken. Azure Backup now offers a new and improved alerting solution built on Azure Monitor to aid you in this regard. The different types of Azure Monitor alerts available (in preview) via Backup center are:
Note that you can also configure alerts on Azure Monitor Logs and Resource Health (for Recovery Services vaults) - however these alerts are not displayed in Backup center today and will be added in the future. You can refer to this article for a comprehensive view of the different monitoring and reporting options available for Azure Backup today.
With Azure Monitor Alerts and Metrics, you get the following key benefits:
If your organization backs up multiple resources to a common vault, and resource owners only want to see backup information of the resources that they own, you can now leverage the resource-centric view in Backup center.
To use the resource-centric view, select the checkbox 'Only show information about datasources which I have access to'. This option is currently supported for the following tabs: Overview, Backup Instances, Jobs, Alerts. The supported workloads are Azure VMs, SQL in Azure VMs, SAP HANA in Azure VMs, Azure Blobs, Azure Disks. Learn more about resource-centric views
To help you audit security settings across your backup estate, Azure Backup now offers new built-in Azure Policies for backup. These policies audit whether all vaults in scope are configured with recommended settings like customer managed keys, private endpoints and private DNS zones, to help you govern your backups and ensure that they are secure.
You can discover and assign these policies via the ‘Azure Policies for Backup’ tab in Backup center. You can then view the compliance of your assigned policies via the ‘Backup Compliance’ tab.
The Backup center portal queries data from Azure Resource Graph (ARG). As Azure Backup’s integration with ARG is generally available, you can now also write your own custom queries on ARG data for use in your own dashboards.
Some of the key benefits of using Azure Resource Graph to query your backup metadata are:
Some sample ARG queries are documented here. You can also use the ‘Open Query’ feature in Backup center to explore the schemas of the backup tables in ARG.
We plan to introduce further enhancements in this space over the coming months. Do write to AskAzureBackupTeam@microsoft.com if you have any questions!
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