Why and How are Organizations Protecting Microsoft 365 Data? And By Whom?

Welcome to another installment in our ongoing series about the Cloud Protection Trends Report for 2023, which surveyed 1,700 “as a Service” administrators, including those responsible for managing and protecting Microsoft 365 data. Veeam contracts with independent research firms to ask questions on an assortment of topics, including the reasons and methods IT leaders have for protecting Microsoft 365 data:

This research revealed a few key truths, all of which have implications for the myriad of organizations that rely on Microsoft 365 systems and data every day:

  • The vast majority of M365 organizations understand two important things: One, the Recycle Bin is not a replacement for backup, and two, neither are the extended hold features within the premium tiers of Microsoft 365.
  • While application owners have historically underestimated the importance of longer-term backups, Microsoft 365 Admins “get it.” Survey results show remediating from ransomware and ensuring regulatory compliance are primary drivers why Microsoft 365 data needs to be backed up.
  • There is a healthy mix of those using third-party backup solutions from their data centers (or cloud-hosted infrastructure) as well as those using Backup as a Service (BaaS) to protect Microsoft 365 data. The users’ goal is to ensure separate controls/credentials as another step in preparing against ransomware.

With that in mind, Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 is built to be agnostic and flexible in deployment to give control back to the data owner. This oversight allows administrators to provide sufficient data separation and control planes between production data and backups to mitigate the risks of data loss or compliance violations. In addition to data siloing, Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 offers data recovery options that go far beyond just the export of raw data — offering application-specific restore and recovery, both to and in the native application formats.

This blog is especially timely as we get ready to unveil the next generation of Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365. We discussed these roles and methods for backing up Microsoft 365 with Veeam’s lead technologist for 365 strategies, Karinne Bessette (@RinBytes) on our Feb. 28 livestream and throughout this blog series:

1. Announcing the Cloud Protection Trends Report for 2023
2. IaaS/PaaS usage adoption
3. IaaS/PaaS backup roles and methods
4. What is BaaS? And why BaaS or DRaaS?
5. Considerations when choosing a BaaS/DRaaS provider
6. M365 backup roles & methods

Download the Cloud Protection Trends Report for 2023 or your region’s executive brief:


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