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Backing up critical business data should be a regular habit for everyone. Crucial to data protection, disaster recovery and cybersecurity plans in general, proper backups are often the first line of defense against accidental deletions and faulty retention policies, and the last line of defense versus cyberattacks such as ransomware.

Most businesses and/or IT teams would probably say they understand the importance of backing up data, but not everyone practices what they preach. As an example, roughly only one in six organizations test if their backup solutions work as intended by actually attempting a restoration. Furthermore, of cloud data stored in Microsoft Office documents isn’t backed up at all, despite the fact that 35% of businesses have experienced two ransomware attacks in the last 12 months and 40% of servers experience at least one unexpected outage per year.

It’s clear that many organizations need to take backup more seriously, especially when it comes to Microsoft 365 data. Why the emphasis on Microsoft 365? Simply put, its popularity. Millions of employees use the platform, and because of this, Microsoft 365 is a massive data repository and, by extension, a common target for malicious activity. For businesses looking to secure and protect their data, as well as ensure compliance with various regulatory and legal requirements, Microsoft 365 is therefore a smart place to start.
 

Sherweb’s Microsoft 365 backup powered by Veeam makes data protection easy

Using a third-party backup solution is a best practice, as it’s not Microsoft’s responsibility to safeguard or restore lost data. As a vendor of choice for 83% of the Fortune 500, Veeam is an experienced and reliable backup option that businesses of all sizes can rely on. What’s more is that Veeam can be leveraged specifically to back up, restore and protect Microsoft 365 data.

Aptly named Microsoft 365 backup powered by Veeam, this solution empowers businesses to take responsibility for their sensitive information. There are myriad reasons to back up Microsoft 365 data, including but not limited to:

  • Accidental deletion of files
  • Protection against internal and external security threats
  • Legal and regulatory compliance requirements
  • Facilitation of hybrid cloud migration

 

The benefits of choosing Microsoft 365 backup powered by Veeam

Considering the many reasons as to why backing up Microsoft 365 data is imperative for modern businesses, it’s easy to grasp the benefits of doing so. With an increasing frequency of cyberattacks as well as evolving customer expectations for data security, it’s easy to imagine a scenario where proper backup might be the only thing that keeps your business’s doors open.

Security

Using Veeam, businesses can have peace of mind that their Microsoft 365 data is protected from ransomware and other external threats. Granular access control ensures safety against accidental deletions or intentional internal threats as well. With the ability to back up to any location (on-prem or in the cloud), as well as to object storage for long-term retention, businesses can also ensure that their backup, data protection and cybersecurity plans adhere to industry best practices.

Reliability

Even with the most secure backups, if you can’t restore important files and data in a reasonable amount of time after a disaster, it’s still a disaster. According to Veeam’s 2022 Data Protection Trends Report, one hour of downtime can cost businesses more than $80,000. Fortunately, Microsoft 365 backup powered by Veeam features some of the lowest RPO and RTO rates in the industry. This means that compromised businesses can mitigate the impact of a cyberattack or other data loss event as quickly as possible.

Self-service

Having to wait for a vendor to facilitate backup and restoration for you can take time, but every second counts when it comes to restoring backups. Microsoft 365 backup powered by Veeam enables businesses and individual employees to restore data themselves, authenticated via their Microsoft 365 login. This is incredibly useful for small scale or ad hoc restoration, for example, when an employee accidentally deletes files that were important to them, but that doesn’t necessarily affect the entire company and therefore warrant substantial intervention by IT teams or service providers.
 

Ready to start your Microsoft 365 backup journey?

Working with an expert solutions provider can help make sure your business’s backup and restoration plans are complete, reliable and secure. For organizations without dedicated security or even IT teams, this can be a game-changer for your business continuity, disaster recovery and cybersecurity. Sherweb experts know both Veeam solutions and the Microsoft ecosystem inside and out. Explore our Microsoft 365 powered by Veeam offering for more information or check out our Partner Guide for more details about how Sherweb can help your business grow.

Written by The Sherweb Team Collaborators @ Sherweb

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