Third-Party Microsoft 365 Backup is Critical
Why would I need to backup my users' Microsoft Cloud data?
- Maintain ownership and control of data stored in Microsoft 365 - its your data, you are responsible for it, not Microsoft. Their responsibility is only to ensure that the service is operational and data is accessible.
- Extend retention and recovery - Microsoft has limited, short-term data loss recovery, but no “point-in-time” recovery options, making recovery difficult in and of itself.
- Compliance (if applicable): many regulatory bodies, like HIPAA for example, require third-party backup,
- Employee turnover - don’t keep paying for licenses of users that have left the company, just keep the backup!
- Single File recovery - Files are only linked to version histories, so if one file is deleted there is no way to go back and retrieve an earlier version – everything is gone. Whereas a backup offers multiple recovery points.
While there may be a few more options for retention and recovery for SharePoint within Microsoft itself, as SharePoint grows, this can be a very costly proposition. Plus, too many administrators find the simplicity, low cost, and admin (and end-user) friendliness of cloud-to-cloud backup solutions--designed specifically for M365 backup plans-- just too good to pass up. Many of the most popular solutions can be found as a fully-managed service for surprisingly low monthly per user rates--like $4 to $6, and even lower at scale!