About Backup center for Azure Backup

Backup center provides a single unified management experience in Azure for enterprises to govern, monitor, operate, and analyze backups at scale. So, it's consistent with Azure's native management experiences.

In this article, you'll learn about:

  • Key benefits
  • Supported scenarios
  • Get started
  • Access community resources on Community Hub

Key benefits

Some of the key benefits of Backup center include:

  • Single pane of glass to manage backups: Backup center is designed to function well across a large and distributed Azure environment. You can use Backup center to efficiently manage backups spanning multiple workload types, vaults, subscriptions, regions, and Azure Lighthouse tenants.
  • Datasource-centric management: Backup center provides views and filters that are centered on the datasources that you're backing up (for example, VMs and databases). This allows a resource owner or a backup admin to monitor and operate backups of items without needing to focus on which vault an item is backed up to. A key feature of this design is the ability to filter views by datasource-specific properties, such as datasource subscription, datasource resource group, and datasource tags. For example, if your organization follows a practice of assigning different tags to VMs belonging to different departments, you can use Backup center to filter backup information based on the tags of the underlying VMs being backed up without needing to focus on the tag of the vault.
  • Connected experiences: Backup center provides native integrations to existing Azure services that enable management at scale. For example, Backup center uses the Azure Policy experience to help you govern your backups. It also leverages Azure workbooks and Azure Monitor Logs to help you view detailed reports on backups. So, you don't need to learn any new principles to use the varied features that the Backup center offers. You can also discover community resources from the Backup center.

Supported scenarios

Backup center is currently supported for:

  • Azure VM backup
  • SQL in Azure VM backup
  • SAP HANA on Azure VM backup
  • Azure Files backup
  • Azure Blobs backup
  • Azure Managed Disks backup
  • Azure Database for PostgreSQL Server backup

Learn more about supported and unsupported scenarios.

Get started

To get started with using Backup center, search for Backup center in the Azure portal and navigate to the Backup center dashboard.

Screenshot showing how to search for Backup center.

On the Overview blade, two tiles appear – Jobs and Backup instances.

Screenshot showing the Backup center tiles.

On the Jobs tile, you get a summarized view of all backup and restore related jobs that were triggered across your backup estate in the last 24 hours.

  • You can view information on the number of jobs that have completed, failed, and are in-progress.
  • Select any of the numbers in this tile allows you to view more information on jobs for a particular datasource type, operation type, and status.

On the Backup Instances tile, you get a summarized view of all backup instances across your backup estate. For example, you can see the number of backup instances that are in soft-deleted state compared to the number of instances that are still configured for protection.

  • Select any of the numbers in this tile allows you to view more information on backup instances for a particular datasource type and protection state.
  • You can also view all backup instances whose underlying datasource isn't found (the datasource might be deleted, or you may not have access to the datasource).

Watch the following video to understand the capabilities of Backup center:

See the next steps to understand the different capabilities that Backup center provides, and how you can use these capabilities to manage your backup estate efficiently.

Access community resources on Community Hub

You can use Backup center to access various community resources useful for a backup admin or operator.

To access the Community Hub, navigate to the Backup center in the Azure portal and select the Community menu item.

Screenshot showing you how to access Community Hub via Backup center.

Some of the resources available via the Community Hub are:

  • Microsoft Q&A: You can use this forum to ask and discover questions about various product features and obtain guidance from the community.

  • Feature Requests: You can navigate to UserVoice and file feature requests.

  • Samples for automated deployments: Using the Community Hub, you can discover sample Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates and Azure Policies that you can use out of the box. You can also find sample PowerShell Scripts, CLI commands, and Microsoft Database Backup scripts.

Next steps