Backing up Azure

Does anyone out there have any experience with backing up VMs and storage on Azure? We currently are storing long-term docs and files in Azure storage, and we have a few production and dev servers that we want to backup system state and files from. Would it be best practice/a good idea to check out the Azure Backup Vault solution, or not put all of our eggs in one basket and find something else? I really appreciate the input ahead of time.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
One cannot use Azure Site Recovery services for Azure VMs AFAIK at this time.

One option would be to secure a partnership with a Veeam partner that will offer CloudConnect services. They would install an agent into the VMs and send backups to their own data centre. The backed up VMs could be spooled up in short order at the backup vendor's site in the event that Azure goes offline (Europe had close to a week earlier this year).

Another option would be StorageCraft's ShadowProtect with a ShadowStream backup from the Azure VMs into your own data centre or even your shop so long as the Internet connection was up to speed. Advantage would be the ability to spin the VMs up on-premises if the need arose. There are vendors offering off-site ShadowStream backups too.
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LA_AdminAuthor Commented:
That answers my question, and provides some extra stuff to think about. Thanks!
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