Hosting Locations and Disaster Recovery
Azure hosting locations include:
- Central US
- North Europe
- East Japan
- Australia East
- Germany West Central
- UK South
- Canada Central
SQL Database uses SQL Server technology to create full backups every week, differential backups every 12 hours, and transaction log backups every 5 to 10 minutes. The backups are stored in RA-GRS (read-access geo-redundant storage) blobs that are replicated to a paired datacenter for protection against a datacenter outage. When you restore a database, the service determines which full, differential, and transaction log backups need to be restored.
The first full backup is scheduled immediately after a database is created.
Individual Cloud Instance Backups
- Computer Management Database
- Policy Database
- Reporting Database
Each database has sufficient point in time restore coverage and long-term retention backup availability for comprehensive data restoration if required.
Azure Key Vault
- Utilizes regional redundancy
- Employs Soft Delete of encryption keys and passwords
Recovery is available through Microsoft’s Azure Management Portal and is subject to specific incident response times.