Hybrid Backup Recovery (HBR) is an efficient, secure, cost-effective, and fully managed backup and storage service. You can use HBR to back up data from local Internet data centers (IDCs), branches, or cloud resources to a cloud vault.


After deploying an HBR client in a local IDC, you can use a physical connection, a virtual private network (VPN) gateway, or the public network to back up data from specified local files, Network Attached Storage (NAS) files, VMware virtual machines, and SQL Server databases to a backup vault in Alibaba Cloud. Based on the high-level encryption and efficient deduplication and compression technologies, HBR ensures the efficiency and security of data transmission.

In addition, HBR provides easy-to-use native data protection for data that comes from various sources in Alibaba Cloud, including files on Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances, SQL Server and SAP HANA deployed on ECS instances, NAS, and Object Storage Service (OSS).


The following table lists the advantages of HBR over an on-premises backup system that is built in a local IDC or in the cloud.

Item On-premises backup system HBR
Permission management Not supported.

No strict permission management is available, and therefore misoperation may easily occur. For example, you may incorrectly delete data.


HBR uses Resource Access Management (RAM) to grant different permissions to different roles and allow each role to access only authorized resources.

Deduplication and compression Not supported.

Duplicate backup data increases storage costs and lowers the backup speed.


Using deduplication and compression technologies that are developed by Alibaba Cloud, HBR can effectively reduce the amount of transmitted data and occupied storage. This raises the backup speed and reduces costs.

Backup alerting Not supported.

You need to manually track backup processes to detect backup failures. Otherwise, you may find backup failures only when you attempt to restore data from backups.


HBR provides the backup alerting feature to send alert notifications to specified contacts when a backup fails or a client is disconnected from a server.

Lifecycle management You need to manually manage the lifecycle of backup data. HBR automatically manages the lifecycle of backup data.
Data restoration You need to manually restore data from multiple data replicas. HBR provides backup versions for you to choose when you attempt to restore data. You can also set restoration rules.
Management costs High.

You need to compile scripts to back up data and dispatch dedicated engineers to manage backups. The complex and difficult operations and maintenance reduce resource utilization and increase management costs.


HBR manages your backup data in cloud vaults. You do not need to worry about backup management, such as hardware procurement, configuration, cluster scaling, and security.

Supported backup sources

Backup source Operating system Backup client
Local IDC File directory Windows, Windows Server, and Linux File client
Images of VMware vSphere virtual machines Windows, Windows Server, and Linux Virtual machine client
SAP HANA Linux File client
SQL Server Windows Server File client
MySQL Windows Server and Linux File client
MongoDB Windows Server and Linux File client
Alibaba Cloud ECS File directory on an ECS instance Windows Server and Linux ECS backup client
SAP HANA deployed on an ECS instance Windows Server and Linux ECS backup client
SQL Server deployed on an ECS instance Windows Server ECS backup client
Cloud Storage Gateway File gateway deployed in Alibaba Cloud N/A Cloud Storage Gateway client
Alibaba Cloud NAS Data stored in NAS N/A N/A
Alibaba Cloud OSS Data stored in OSS N/A N/A


Term Description
Backup source

The host on which the data to be backed up is stored, such as a server, a virtual machine, or an ECS instance.


The client that you install on a backup source to back up and restore data. You need to install an appropriate client for different backup sources.


The physical location of an Alibaba Cloud IDC. After a resource is created, you cannot change the region of the resource. For more information, see Regions and zones.

Backup vault

The HBR cloud backup warehouse used to store backup data in the cloud. Backup data from multiple clients can be stored in the same vault. This helps you manage the backup data and reduce management time and costs.

You must specify an appropriate region for each backup vault to improve backup performance and facilitate disaster recovery. After a backup vault is created, you cannot change the region of the backup vault. A backup vault is also the basic unit that you can use to remove duplicates or compress data.

Mirror vault

The mirror of a backup vault. The two vaults are located in different regions. You can use a mirror vault for geo-disaster recovery or cross-region data restoration.

Intermediate host

The host that has a graphical user interface (GUI). If you attempt to back up data from a file directory in a Linux system without a GUI, you can download and install an HBR client on an intermediate host, and deploy the intermediate host on the backup source. Then, you can log on to the client on the intermediate host and back up data from the backup source.