Transparent backup format
Our backup is just a simple ZIP archive with T-SQL scripts, which you can run with
any tool like SSMS or sqlcmd. This guarantees that you can restore the database
in any environment.
Unlike transmitting data from SQL Azure to your local PC, you don't have to pay
when SQL Azure and the deployed service are in the same region. Thus you'll have
to pay only for storing backups on Blob Storage. Moreover, our engine does not require
temporary disk space and consumes only 20Mb of RAM, what reduces charges for average
disk space usage.
Less space = less expenses
The maximum ZIP compression of T-SQL scripts yields fairly small .zip file, which
is even smaller than the original database .mdf file compressed with ZIP, or compressed
backup .bak file. Storing such small files on Blob Storage will significantly reduce
Easy database restoring
The backup consists of three T-SQL scripts: create database itself, create database
objects, fill tables with data. All scripts are compatible with any SQL Server (Azure/2005/2008/2011),
thus you can execute them via any tool, like SSMS or sqlcmd.
Periodical backup by schedule
You can configure the service for Windows Azure to periodically make backup of a
database, what releases you from manual labour. You can specify the lifetime of
a backup file so that the service will delete them to free up the space on Blob
Storage. This will save your money on storing relevant backups only.