Background on the study
Sirius is well known for testing solutions as part of their Data Protection Heatmap study, and they recently focused on reviewing Microsoft 365 backup solutions. Concluding this recent review, it was determined that Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 outperformed all other solutions in all the key areas. I had the opportunity to interview Michael Stempf, who is the Data Protection & Information Management Practice Owner at Sirius, so we could learn more about the study and understand why our Veeam solution ranked the highest.
Similar to a multi-point inspection done on a car, the Sirius Data Protection Heatmap study puts data protection solutions through an array of tests to see the quality of what is under the hood. The scoring system consists of 50 different scenarios for both backup and recovery of enterprise grade solutions as well as newer solutions in the market. The ultimate goal is to differentiate, and compare and contrast the solutions so that their customers can use this information to make purchasing decisions.
Within the ranking system, there is a numeric grade for each item as well as color coding. The numeric grade (0 to 5) tells Sirius from a technical feature functionality perspective whether the solution can’t do something (a 0), or if they do something extremely well (a 5). And on the color side they gauge whether something was difficult to use (red), somewhat easy (orange), or extremely easy (green). Once the testing has concluded, Sirius generates points earned for each of the color and numeric values and that provides a total amount of points which ranks each vendor appropriately.
Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 results
In addition to ease of use, Michael explained the importance of workload support in the study.
Ironically, true to its brand, Veeam showed mostly green on the color score chart, and more green than any of the products. Another element Sirius found unique to Veeam were the restore options.
Although Sirius was not testing speed specifically, they also noticed great backup speed compared to other solutions and it seemed to scale efficiently. In the past, Sirius ran other tests with Veeam and they noted how the NAS backup overperformed in their testing compared to other vendors.
It’s clear from the study that Veeam has many advantages over vendors, from the simplicity to the app granularity in backups and multitude of recovery options. It’s always great to be recognized for the high-performing Microsoft 365 backup product we have.
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