Microsoft continues to push customers to Azure, and is reducing their investment in on-premises perpetual software; but organizations accustomed to System Center for data center management will have to adopt several services to duplicate functionality in Azure.
Azure Backup center, now generally available, provides a centralized portal for managing, monitoring, and configuring backups in Azure.
Although System Center is still being updated and supported, Microsoft is prioritizing investments in Azure-hosted management services.
Azure Backup is a hosted service with basic capabilities and cloud storage, but organizations with complex server and VM backup needs will want to deploy some on-premises infrastructure
Azure Backup offers support for four different models of system backup
Screen shot shows Azure VM Backup management within the Azure portal
Roadmap for Azure Backup.
Customers can use on-premises Microsoft products and Azure services and technologies to back up data to the cloud to lower costs, protect against unwanted data removal, and insure against disasters