It is amazing to see validation, innovation and adoption of all of the hard work that the Veeam product teams have put in over the years. It seems like just yesterday we launched the Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 product! In November of 2016, Veeam went into a new space protecting this critical data service.
Over the years we’ve added to the product both in services protected (Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Microsoft Teams) as well as hit incredible scale. There are many large organizations around the world backing up tens of thousands of users, and Veeam Cloud and Service Provider partners backing up hundreds of thousands of users as well. Aside from the reach of this product, it’s also amazing to realize that there are now 50+ different recovery options with Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 v7!
It’s also important to remember Veeam’s business model of having partnerships is central to so much of what we do. You can see this across the business with our thousands of ProPartner resellers around the world, Veeam Cloud Service Providers offering backup for Microsoft 365 powered by Veeam, alliance programs with technology leaders in the space and more. I’ve said for a long time that Partnership is in Veeam’s DNA and this week at Microsoft Inspire, we’re embarking on a significant next step with Microsoft 365 Backup. We are happy to share that Veeam will be building on the Microsoft collaboration and leverage the new Microsoft 365 backup APIs with Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365.
What is Microsoft Syntex?
Microsoft Syntex is a powerful cloud content management solution that brings AI, automation, and management to everyday business workflows. There are several impressive aspects to Syntex, such as models for content (custom and pre-built), content assembly, content query, content processing and more. Syntex helps customers make sense of the influx of content coming into an organization. As you can imagine, this growth of content coming into Microsoft 365 requires secure and scalable management.
Microsoft made a number of announcements at Microsoft Inspire this year, and one of them is Microsoft 365 Backup – a Syntex offering for backups of Microsoft 365 with new APIs as part of news at the event. Veeam is excited to be building on our long-standing Microsoft collaboration with the new APIs that Veeam will have access to for Microsoft 365 data.
Do I Need to Back up Microsoft 365?
Yes. The fact is, we at Veeam have been advocating for several years that yes, you do need to back up Microsoft 365 data. The announcements from Microsoft Inspire are a solid validation of that. In fact, we still advocate that there are 7 reasons you need to protect Microsoft 365 data. We have built a significant part of our product strategy for Microsoft 365 around the Shared Responsibility model, which we have visualized here:
The reality is the services in Microsoft 365 that Veeam protect are critical; and they indeed need protection. I would also challenge that ease of recovery, speed of recovery and Veeam’s ability to compare with production make recovery of Microsoft 365 data an easy and confident task.
Do I Need to Be Concerned About Ransomware?
Yes. Ransomware is a moving threat and the threat actors are after big-game targets. If you want the latest information on ransomware, be sure to see the Veeam Ransomware Trends 2023 report.
Specifically for Microsoft 365 environments, I would further add that yes ransomware resiliency is something that organizations should prioritize. One validation here is a Microsoft resource walking through some of the checks one should go through with a ransomware incident in Microsoft 365. Verifying backups is the first step Microsoft recommends in the eradication and recovery section.
I have been in the backup business long enough to know this; I’ve seen many bad things happen to good data and many of those stories end with a Veeam recovery. However, we can’t recover what we don’t back up.
What’s Next for Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365?
Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 has been a very successful product, so much so we believe it backs up more users than any other product in the market. There are over 16 million users protected by Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365. We have a number of strong new features coming in the product that we gave as an exclusive preview to those who attended VeeamON in Miami. We’ll share more about the next release when the time comes, but now is a great time to download a trial of Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365.