During the recent VeeamON 2021 summit, Danny Allan, CTO of Veeam highlighted the company’s continued growth in the backup market. Interestingly there is one product that has performed phenomenally well. And that was Veeam’s Backup for Office 365.
Veeam released Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v5 at the end of 2020. As the most deployed Microsoft Office 365 solution in the industry, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 has been Veeam’s fastest-growing product for the past two years, reporting 222% growth year-on-year and now downloaded by more than 175,000 organisations with 15 million mailboxes being protected.
“Three years ago, we didn’t even have a product for Office 365. This highlights how fast Veeam is moving,” said Danny.
At VeeamON, Danny announced that v6 will deliver a new self-service portal and integration to Azure Archive and AWS S3 Glacier. The new self-service portal increased the ROI for enterprises and service providers by lowering the load on IT departments (thereby enabling them to focus on other tasks) and puts recovery in the hands of the user. This helps organisations divide work across teams, improves the way restores are handled and saves the time and effort of building their own portals, providing faster access to critical data.
At the same time, there has been a debate on how many Office 365 copies are needed, one backup or following industry backup best practices with a backup copy. Now with v6, customers can do either and quickly create secondary copies directly from object storage to Azure Archive, Amazon S3 Glacier and Glacier Deep Archive, with different retention period options. Now users can more effectively achieve the 3-2-1 data protection rule providing additional confidence in restoring Office 365 data.
Now, according to Anthony Spiteri, Senior Global Technologies for Veeam, one of the reasons why Backup for O365 continues to see high demands is because more businesses are moving from a hosted exchange to Office 365. Anthony also pointed out that in Asia, most businesses have skipped the whole process as well.
“If they had a physical server on-premises with Exchange on-premises with a small business server, they are backing that up in some way. A lot of companies in Australia, America or Europe took the next step and made a bigger Exchange server that hosted Exchange or hosted Exchange on an infrastructure platform and then they went to Exchange online. But what’s happening in Asia is businesses have skipped this middle part and gone straight to the SaaS-based offering and this is where the addressable market is,” explained Anthony.
Anthony added that businesses need to backup. They can’t just let data sit in Office 365 unprotected as there is an element of risk in that. This is why the take up of Veeam’s Backup for Office 365 has been high, not just in Asia but across the world.