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SaaS applications like Microsoft Office 365 (o365) present countless advantages over traditional on-prem service delivery models. The cloud is the new normal for productivity software and o365 applications present an efficient solution to consume IT services and infrastructure on-demand.
However, the increased flexibility of cloud licensing and the availability of shared cloud storage create a new set of challenges to protect corporate data scattered across third-party environments. This SaaS data sprawl translates into new threats facing data loss and regulatory compliance due to the inability to track, hold, or monitor data through an out-of-the-box deployment.
Veeam Software, the market leader in SaaS data protection, announced the fourth version of their o365 backup platform this past Monday at Microsoft Ignite. This upcoming release provides enhanced data management capabilities to secure cloud-to-cloud (C2C) workloads across o365 applications – with a specific focus on SharePoint and OneDrive for Business. Managed deployments of the Veeam Availability Suite will offer direct integration with Veeam Backup for Office 365 v4 to help Microsoft users centralize SaaS data protection policies with virtual, physical, and endpoint workloads.
Let’s take a look at how digital transformation and an evolving threat landscape have complicated o365 data protection alongside with the key requirements to address these challenges.
The Microsoft licensing agreement makes it clear that data stored on o365 applications belongs to the end-user and it is the end-user’s responsibility to protect their data. However, many IT departments just assume that the native o365 recycling bin and version histories serve as an adequate built-in backup solution. A recent survey from 451 Research highlights this misconception as almost half of respondents rely on the SaaS provider for backup and recovery with an additional quarter doing nothing at all :
Source: 451 Research
The reality is o365 and other SaaS applications provide some level of protection. But it is not an adequate solution to preserve sensitive business data against a breach. A more comprehensive data governance model is required to secure SaaS data from an expanding array of threats facing business continuity.
Microsoft takes extreme steps to ensure the o365 service is available through natural disasters and in-cloud server failures. But they provide no levels of protection against user error - the leading cause of SaaS data loss. To bounce back from these human-caused events or cyberattacks - IT departments require a cloud-to-cloud backup solution with point-in-time restore capabilities and retention policies to transverse back in time prior to the outage.
All cloud-to-cloud backup solutions should be able to replicate o365 data to a separate cloud environment. But this functionality provides little value if the recovery process is limited by factors such as bandwidth, connectivity, granularity, failed backups, or the inability to restore data to an alternate destination or format.
Office 365 admins can replicate o365 data to an alternative cloud location through an accredited Veeam Cloud Service Provider (VCSP). This simplifies cloud-to-cloud networking through customizable solution architecture, unified policy management, and professional services to alleviate administrative support.
Veeam Backup for Office 365 integrates with the KeepItSafe network of backup facilities to provide a simple solution to extend o365 data protection through a separate cloud environment. KeepItSafe also leverages PowerShell and the RESTful API to increase functionality and provide additional self-service backup and restore capabilities:
If you’re interested in learning more about KeepItSafe's award-winning solution for o365 data protection, we invite you to download The Five Requirements to a Successful Office 365 Backup Strategy or schedule an o365 solution consultation.
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