By Lorne Oickle
Azure Files is a Microsoft cloud service that provides the ability to share files that are stored in Azure and are accessible via the SMB protocol. You’ll see the same file sharing benefits that you are used to with an on-premises solution like a NAS or Windows File Server. Just like you employ data backup and recovery for on-premises files, you’ll need to plan backup and recovery for Azure Files.
We’ve seen Azure Files used by customers who don’t want to maintain multiple file servers with lots of storage at each office location. One use case for this service is to provide access to files for a roaming sales team. Instead of configuring VPNs and relying on the data center internet connection, the sales team can access the files from the Azure global infrastructure. This is especially useful for companies with strict firewall rules.
Azure Files can help you save costs, globally access data without VPNs, reduce WAN usage from remote access, assist with “lift and shift” of data for applications, or share content without giving access to your data center. All of this is available through the Azure resilient infrastructure.
Extending Data Protection to Azure Files for Cloud-based File Sharing
Data protection for Azure Files is streamlined with an integrated cloud connector in the Commvault data management platform. Now you can provide backup and rapid recovery of everything in Azure Files; whether it’s a single file, a folder structure, or the entire Azure Files share. Learn how to configure fast, flexible data protection from a single interface below. This capability is available today in the Commvault platform.
Configuring Azure Files Data Protection
Today Commvault software can protect Azure Files using the same cloud connector that you use for backup and recovery of your Azure data, applications, and workloads, since Azure Files is based off Azure blob storage.
Commvault is currently the only data protection platform to support backup and restore of Azure blob storage using deduplication.
Why is this important…the use of deduplication results in a significant reduction in storage consumption, which means less storage costs for you!
Since your Commvault investment already protects Azure blob storage, it’s a natural extension to also protect your Azure Files.
With Commvault software, you have flexibility in backup and recovery of your Azure Files.
1) You can choose to protect Azure Files from the blob perspective and backup everything in the file – folder structure. This would be helpful should the situation arise where there is accidental deletion or malware corruption.
2) You can protect the Azure Files share folder of your choice. Simply direct the Commvault connector to protect a specific Azure File share folder. Direct the host URL to file.core.windows.net. Here is a screenshot of where and how to configure the Azure Files connection.
Once configured, the Commvault platform gives you full and granular restore capabilities of the Azure Files data, in-place or out-of-place.
Get Started with Azure Files Data Protection
When I’m speaking with Commvault and Azure customers around the globe, they always ask about ways to accelerate their cloud projects. Whether it’s a bank in Toronto, an energy company in Texas, a New York manufacturing company or a data services company in India, enterprises of all sizes and backgrounds are looking for faster ways to more quickly adopt Azure.
Expanding your Azure project with Azure Files data protection can help you move more daily work to the cloud. Azure Files backup and recovery can be a streamlined process if you’re using the Commvault data protection platform.