Microsoft just announced a number of new features in their February 2015 Azure Backup update. The key capabilities (for non System Center users) are:
- Long term retention – cloud as tape replacement
- Offline seeding – complete your initial seeding faster and off-the-network
With the latest update, customers can specify daily, weekly, monthly and yearly retention policies. Customers can now retain their data for up to 99 years in Azure! If you are using tapes to address your long term retention needs – this release provides a compelling value prop to use Azure to address your backup and long term retention needs.
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