With Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure, you can protect Azure VM data in the following ways:
- Create cloud-native snapshots of Azure VMs
A cloud-native snapshot includes point-in-time snapshots of virtual disks attached to the processed Azure VM. Snapshots of virtual disks are taken using native Microsoft Azure capabilities.
- Create image-level backups of Azure VMs
In addition to cloud-native snapshots, you can protect your Azure VMs with image-level backups. An image-level backup captures the whole image of the processed Azure VM (including OS data, application data and so on) at a specific point in time. The backup is saved as a blob to a storage account in the native Veeam format.
- Create backups of Azure SQL Databases
You can protect your Azure SQL database. Azure SQL database backup captures the whole image of the database (including tables, constraints, indexes and actual data) at a specific point of time. The backup is saved as a single file to a backup repository in the native Veeam format.
Data protection tasks are scheduled to run automatically with backup policies. To perform a quick backup, you can also take cloud-native snapshots of Azure VMs, and backups of SQL databases manually when needed.