I’ve been teaching the AOTG (Ahead of the Game) partner training around the UK, and shortly in Eire. It’s been very interesting talking to Microsoft’s SMB partners and looking at how they sell and utilise Azure. One of the Azure Products this training is advocating is Azure Backup. Last week, when I was teaching this in Manchester, one delegate pointed out that the big downside to Azure backup was that there was not much of a retention period and as such was not helpful to the delegate’s customers.
Fast forward a few days, and the wish has come true. I had a conference call this morning with the Azure backup who told me that this request had been heard loud and clear and is now in place. He pointed me to the blog post at: http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/09/11/announcing-long-term-retention-for-azure-backup/
Sure enough, you can get all the backup you need (well all reasonable backups!). And the maximum retention period is 9 years, as the blog post explains.
One word: Awesome!