Google Introduces Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery

Google recently introduced Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery (DR), allowing customers to enable centralized backup management directly from the Google Cloud Console. The new backup and restore service is designed to work with cloud storage repositories, databases and applications.

With Google Cloud Backup and DR, administrators can efficiently manage backups spanning multiple workloads. Additionally, they can generate application-consistent and crash-consistent backups for virtual machines on Compute Engine, VMware Engine, or on-premises VMware, databases (such as SAP, MySQL, and SQL Server), and file systems. And the service on Google Cloud Platform provides a holistic view of backups across multiple workloads.

Google Cloud Backup and DR store backup data in its original application-readable format, allowing backup data for many workloads to be directly available from long-term backup storage. term (using, for example, cost-effective cloud storage). Additionally, it supports space-saving incremental forever storage technology, ensuring customers only pay for what they need.

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Jaswant Chajed and Jerome McFarland, both product managers at Google Cloud, explain in the blog post on Google Cloud Backup and DR:

With Incremental Backup Forever, after Google Cloud Backup and DR perform an initial backup, subsequent backups only store data associated with changes from the previous backup, allowing backups to be captured faster and reducing the network bandwidth required to transmit the associated data. It also minimizes the amount of storage consumed by backups, which benefits you through reduced storage consumption costs.


Google Backup and DR users can also choose where to store backups on Google Cloud Storage across the different Cloud Storage Classes.

Other public cloud providers like Microsoft offer backup and disaster recovery services. Azure offers an end-to-end backup and disaster recovery solution similar to Google Backup and Disaster Recovery, which is secure, scalable, and cost-effective, and can be integrated with on-premises data protection solutions. Yet it is not a single centralized service.

Richard SeroteDirector of Outbound Product Management, tweeted on the new backup and restore service:

It seems quite complete, both from the point of view of the “sources” (virtual machines in the cloud or on premises, databases, file systems) and the user experience.

Furthermore, Antonio Gullidirector of engineering at Google, tweeted:

Google #backup and #disasterrecovery these are two essential things #googlecloudplatform were missing, and now another step to increase security and reliability

More details on the new backup and restore service can be found on the documentation website, and pricing details can be found on the pricing page.

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