Add central administration capabilities to Azure Backup
Azure Backup should have capabilities to centrally manage multiple computers (backup schedules etc.) and automatic updates of the backup agent running in the VMs.
Oh great, so since Microsoft doesn't want to finish their flagship product and make it enterprise friendly, we have to go to a third party and spend gobs more money? So much for the cloud saving money.
This could be easily solved by just rolling these features into the existing very well fleshed out System Center products as well, but Microsoft won't do that because it's not "cloud/mobile first."
If you think rolling backups into a single dashboard is a mess in Azure, wait until you look at their monitoring story. None of it is automatic, little of it has common best practice monitoring rules built in, there is no concept of probe based monitoring other than website tests (who thought logs were the best way to monitor, they are idiots), and it's scattered across a million different spots in Azure.
Jesper Liebing commented
Hi all, Rubrik offer central management (for MSP) and offer a service catalouge of tasks job and policies which easy can be consumed in Azure and on prem.
Brian Anhalt commented
Sad that we're still discussing this almost 2 years after it was suggested. We are an MSP and are ready to move to Azure backup (for file/folders first), but if I put all my customer servers in a single Azure recovery vault, I can't even see how much storage each server is using. Ridiculous.
There seems to already be a mechanism to provide this information (Get-OBMachineUsage), but it would need to be sent by the MABS client to the Azure portal - how hard would that be to accomplish? Seems rudimentary, and yet it's not there.
We had to wait for email notifications for 2+ years, so I guess that's par for the course.
Lidvar Kornberg commented
Central administration for us as a large enterprise company means that we can use the same monitoring tools (if backup is successful or not) for both on premise solutions and cloud deployments (IaaS and PaaS). Today Azure Backup mainly support IaaS in Azure and backup of PaaS services are fragmented and unmanaged (backup pr. service). First of all, consolidate the backup solution for both IaaS and PaaS in Azure with a centralized management capability spanning multiple subscriptions and regions. Then work with existing backup vendors like EMC and make monitoring integrations with tools that can span both cloud and on premise. For us Azure Backup is not selected because we need to implement another backup management tool set that will increase our TCO for backup.
Patrick Leonard commented
We can currently monitor Azure backups through our portal from http://www.backupradar.com. We built it as a centralized backup checking portal for MSPs and others who check more than one backup product.
This could replace our Vembu online backup solution. It would require central monitoring and admin for a large number of different end customers.
Charlie Kang commented
Also add the ability to manage multiple subscriptions (that your account has access to), big value add to Partners running service provider models and need to run checks and reporting for multiple clients.
I'm currently testing Azure backup on my local VMs and would only seriously consider Azure backup to replace my current solution if they add centralized management and reporting capabilities.
it should also be done for stopped VMs so Changes will be applied and synced when they start
Samir FARHAT (MVP) commented
I think that the DPM team is the best source of inspiration. A DPM-like view in Azure will be great.
In addition, when do you plan to add a backup view on the preview portal ? we are missing this
This should be considered for VMs in all accounts within an EA, so you can centrally manage backups for all of your VMs across your EA.
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Allan With Sørensen commented
This is potentially a huge feature, both in terms of the value proposition and feature count. One thing that would be nice to have covered as well is status for such things as backups of Azure Websites and SQL databases and basically anything else that can be backed up in to or from Azure. Of course I don't mean such things as if someone is ftp'ing data in or out. But anything termed "Backup" within Azure, should be manageable centrally.
Philip Kluss commented
This would be a game changer for us as we've been priced out of DPM's latest offering. I couldn't be more excited about this possibility. I'm currently hacking together solutions (albeit poor ones) using third-party products and at the end of the day I'm still having trouble properly monitoring it all.
Eric Hartner commented
Centralized management would make Azure Backup a competitor against MozyPro for our laptops. It should allow centralized scheduling, administrative restores, centralized monitoring (who's backing up / how much / what folder / etc). Throttling would also be a very nice feature.
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Aidan Finn commented
The dominant players that I see (MozyPro, various re-branded installs of Ahsay) are way ahead of Azure in terms of backup management & reporting. Yes, they cost twice as much, but the companies that use/sell these solutions are willing to take that bullet because Azure backup is un-manageable right now. #1 add management/policy enforecement/reporting, and then #2 start adding product support.
and that includes remote recovery hopefully ?
Aidan Finn commented
Biggest scenario I see for this is partner-driven online backup. LOTS of partners are keen to sell Azure credit via open to supply online backup to SMEs. Azure is waaaay cheaper than the competition. However, the big blocker is that Azure has no centralized management and that PREVENTS adoption of this on-ramp technology. A centralized portal with administration, configuration, and reporting is required.
This would be great for our enterprise backup team to be able to see the daily backup status for each VM in a rollup view and be able to see missed files or fail/success logs in a single view.