The Windows Server 8 beta has been out for a week or so and people are still finding new features in the Operating System.
Aidan Finn has uncovered an Online Backup Service that is available as an installable component of Windows Server 8.
What is it?
Microsoft Online Backup Service (as it is known) is an installable service to back up files & folders to the cloud.
Why is it?
Microsoft Online Backup Service provides a new way to deliver business continuity benefits to Windows Server "8" Beta customers by providing a backup solution that requires no upfront hardware cost (other than an internet connection).
One thing to note straight away is that this isn’t a free service…not even Microsoft can backup everyone’s data for free! That said, the current beta IS free and is limited to around 10GB.
Here it is in the start menu:
Encryption passphrases must be at least 16 characters long and:
Any server running Windows Server "8" Beta can recover data from Microsoft Online Backup Service onto any server running Windows Server "8" Beta connected to the Internet.
It’s interesting to see this as Computer Associates (CA) have just launched an online backup service that using Microsoft Windows Azure as its cloud platform. I’m not sure, off the top of my head,how these 2 services stack up features wise but I’m going to try and find out Will Microsoft’s service be positioned more as a low end, entry level package while CA take the mid-market/Enterprise sector?
You can download the Online Backup Beta Guide document here:
Aidan’s great original post can be found here:
Thanks to Mary Jo of ZDnet for tweeting this