Why a Backup Strategy for Office 365 is Essential

While most businesses have a backup in place for their workloads and other applications, many tend to skip the need to backup their Office 365. What most of them do not seem to realise is, just like any other SaaS, Office 365 requires a backup strategy as well.

A convenient way of doing this without breaking your company bank account is by having a backup on the cloud. We explain four reasons why your business needs Office 365.

Firstly, there is no denying that Office 365 is the core of your business productivity. Be it sending emails, preparing documents or other important information; you rely on Office 365 to get your company going. Should your email server crash or your Office 365 run amok on your desktop, you are going to struggle to reconnect back with your clients.

Adding to that, with remote working being the new normal for businesses, a backup strategy for Office 365 is now becoming ever more so important. Simply because your employees are working off-premises, meaning should they face any issues, they need to be able to get back their data and workloads on Office 365 as quickly as possible. At the same time, the backup ensures your data protection is imperative.

Secondly, speaking of data protection, without an enterprise-grade backup strategy for Office 365, your business is exposed to many risks. Cybercriminals are always looking for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in systems to launch a cyber-attack. Phishing email attacks have also seen an increase in the last couple of months. No matter how much you spend on training your employees, there will always be a small number of them who can easily become victims of cybercrime. Be it via an email or document on your Office 365; cybercriminals can wreak havoc on your business.

Now, if you had a solid backup for Office 365, you are able to restore your systems and get back to work. You need not have to worry about having your IT team look through the system to restore all settings or find the malware that is causing the problem. An automated backup system today is able to ensure your system can recover anytime anywhere.

Thirdly, if you’re running Office 365 and relying only on Microsoft’s native backup capabilities, you are taking a very big risk. If you look closely at the offerings by Office 365, you will discover that Microsoft themselves have strongly recommended that you opt for a third-party backup service provider for your Office 365. Simply because Microsoft does not backup your Office 365. All Microsoft does is offer geo-redundancy, which protects the user’s availability, not their data.

Which brings us to our last reason. You need to be responsible for your own data. Microsoft’s shared responsibility in Office 365 is only limited to the infrastructure. So if you have been assuming that Microsoft is backing up your data, you might want to think again. Just like any SaaS, backup is essential.

Veeam offers Office 365 backup solution to ensure your business is secured and available all the time. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 eliminates the risk of losing access and control over your Office 365 data.
To help you understand further about why you need Office 365 backup, Veeam and IDC Research have prepared a research paper detailing their views on why having a backup of Office 365 data is essential. Click here to access the paper.

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