Recently I had a requirement to collate and briefly compare some of the various methods to perform SQL Server backup for databases deployed onto Azure IaaS machines. The purpose was to provide a few options to cater for the different types (OLTP, DW, etc) and sizes (small to big) of databases that could be deployed there.
Up front, I am NOT saying that these are the ONLY options to perform standard SQL backups! I am sure there are others – however – the below are both supported and well documented – which when it comes to something as critical as backups is pretty important.
So the purpose of this blog is to provide a quick and brief list of various SQL backup methods!