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April 3, 2023

7 Critical Reasons for Microsoft 365 Backup

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Report highlights include:
  • Intro to Microsoft 365 Backup
Some of the most popular questions in the Microsoft 365 backup market today are, “Do I actually need to back up Office 365 data? Doesn’t Microsoft take care of this for me?” While Microsoft has many native capabilities built in and designed to help meet legal and compliance requirements in Microsoft 365, they don’t provide a comprehensive Office 365 backup. Microsoft’s primary focus is on managing the Microsoft 365 infrastructure and maintaining uptime to your users.

They are empowering YOU with the responsibility of your data. The misconception that Microsoft fully backs up your data on your behalf is quite common, and without a shift in mindset, could have damaging repercussions when this responsibility is left unattended.

After surveying 1,000s of IT pros, Veeam has identified 7 reasons why organizations today need to be considering a Microsoft 365 backup. These reasons range in severity but all have the same outcome — an Office 365 backup is absolutely critical to mitigate any data loss scenario.
  • The Big Microsoft 365 Backup Misconception
The misunderstanding falls between Microsoft’s perceived responsibility and the user’s actual responsibility of protection and long-term retention of their Office 365 data. The backup and recoverability that Microsoft provides and what users assume they are getting are often different. Meaning, aside from the standard precautions Microsoft 365 has in place, you may need to re-assess the level of control you have of your data and how much access you truly have to it.

Microsoft 365 offers geo redundancy, which is often mistaken for backup. Backup takes place when a historical copy of data is made and then stored in another location. However, it is even more important that you have direct access to and control over that backup. So if data is lost, accidentally deleted or maliciously attacked, for example — you can quickly recover. Geo redundancy, on the other hand, protects against site or hardware failure, so if there is an infrastructure crash or outage, your users will remain productive and often oblivious to these underlying issues.
  • 7 Key Reasons to backup Office 365 data
7 Critical Reasons for Microsoft 365 Backup explores the hazards of not having an Office 365 backup in your arsenal, and why backup solutions for Microsoft 365 fill the gap of long-term retention and data protection. This 5‑minute, easy‑to‑read document Veeam devised for the sole purpose of helping organizations understand the key reasons why to back up Office 365, and in what ways specific data loss issues can negatively impact businesses when a Microsoft 365 backup strategy is not in place.

About the Author

Edward Watson
Edward Watson
Senior Manager, Global Product Marketing, Veeam Software
Edward Watson is a Sr. Global Product Marketing Manager at Veeam Software. He currently leads the product launch and adoption of the #1 Office 365 backup solution in the industry — Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. Throughout his career, Edward has successfully brought numerous data protection solutions to market on a global scale, fuelled by his start at a renowned service provider. He has a passion for communicating the value of protecting cloud-based workloads and helping organizations succeed in all their backup needs.  
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