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Microsoft 365 (formally Office 365) offers only limited native backup and recovery. IT leaders using or evaluating M365 should consider third-party backup and recovery tools for faster, more-flexible recovery options, as well as reputation damage control after a malicious attack.

As Microsoft 365 is adopted in the enterprise, IT leaders must implement a backup and restore policy for it. Every business is grappling with the challenges of moving to the cloud. It isn’t a matter of if, but a matter of when and how.

For tens of thousands of organisations, the when is today, and the how is with Assembly.

A wide range of UK & International organisations have installed our Microsoft 365 backup solution, representing thousands of Microsoft Office mailboxes. We’ve seen staggering growth during the last year, and these numbers are indicative of an accelerating momentum for Microsoft 365 data protection.

But while you are reading this, you may be thinking “Doesn’t Microsoft take care of 365 backup?”

It’s important to remember that software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution providers, like Microsoft, take on the responsibility of application uptime and the underlying infrastructure. But it is the customer’s responsibility to manage and protect their vital business data.

We’ve identified 6 reason’s why backing up M365 is critical:

  1. Accidental deletion: If you delete a user, whether you meant to or not, that deletion is replicated across the network. A backup can restore that user, either to on-premises Exchange or Office 365.
  2. Retention policy gaps and confusion: Office 365 retention policies are hard to keep up with, let alone manage. A backup provides longer, more accessible retention all protected and stored in one place for easy recovery.
  3. Internal security threats: Many businesses are experiencing threats from the inside, and they are happening more often than you think. Having a high-grade recovery solution mitigates the risk of critical data being lost or destroyed.
  4. External security threats: Malware and viruses have done serious damage to organisations globally in just the past year alone. A backup can easily restore mailboxes to an instance before the attack.
  5. Legal and compliance requirements: Ensure you can retrieve mailbox data during legal action and to meet any regulatory compliance needs.
  6. Managing hybrid email deployments and migrations to Office 365: Whether you are migrating to Office 365 or have a blend of on-premises Exchange and Office 365 users, the exchange data should be managed and protected the same way, making the source location irrelevant.

We will help our customers protect any app, any data, across any cloud. As more workloads move to the cloud, customers need to understand that SaaS applications typically don’t have built-in data protection. SaaS usage has uncovered unique internal and external security threats, as well as all-to-common data deletion scenarios and retention policy gaps. We are seeing a rapidly growing need to provide much-needed data protection services for a wide range of infrastructures and applications.

“Before this product I thought our emails were safe. Now, I am sure they are safe.”

James Nichols, Finance Director, SRI Executive

We’ve talked about how businesses can ensure their apps and data are available across the new multi-cloud model, and the recent adoption of Microsoft 365 backup is good validation of that progress. Every customer can be confident that as they move to the cloud and expand their infrastructure, Assembly is there to protect and ensure always-on-availability.

Talk to one of our team today to learn more about our capabilities; how we’re bringing people, business and technology together; and what this means for you.