Microsoft have released a update for data protection manager 2012 SP1 that support backup to Azure
The updates features is support for SQL based workloads and 120 days retention , the 120 days is a BIG feature enhancement
Description of an update rollup package that adds features to Windows Azure Online Backup in System Center 2012 SP1 DPM and in Windows Server 2012
This article describes an update rollup package that adds the following features to the Windows Azure Online Backup for Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Data Protection Manager (DPM) and for a computer that is running Windows Server 2012:
This update improves the performance of Windows Azure Online Backup.
Windows Azure Online Backup support for a SQL Server data source in System Center 2012 SP1 DPM is available.
The retention range of Windows Azure Online Backup for System Center 2012 SP1 DPM is increased to support 120 recovery points
http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/home/features/online-backup/ there is a 300gb trial available install guide here http://flemmingriis.com/?p=1103 the “old” installer needs to be installed before installing the upgrade
Verify that no jobs are running against Azure before starting the upgrade
And 16 seconds later we are ready to rock
And select the Cloud option , as always we need to backup to disk before cloud so short term is a requirement
And another cool feature we can select what database we want protected with Azure
And 120 days very very cool , we still need long term for tape in most environments , but then there is room for new features later on.
And we can create a recovery point manually to the cloud instead of having to wait until the schedule kicks in
and a short while later our data is moved to the cloud