Office 365 backup – Do you need it?

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Protecting Office 365

A common misconception when moving resources such as Exchange e-mail or SharePoint to Office 365 is that the Microsoft will take care of the data backups for you. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Yes, Microsoft will have you covered if they have an issue with their service which results in data loss however it is ultimately your responsibility to protect the data held in each application.

Consider this, Microsoft does offer features such as being able to restore email from deleted items in Exchange online, but this is only for the last 30 days’ worth of data. If the e-mail is permanently deleted, then there is no way to recover the e-mail.

What options are there? There are two solutions to this problem that I have used, both of which address these challenges when it comes to protecting data in Office 365.

First up is Office 365 backup by SkyKick. SkyKick offers a full SaaS (Software as a Service) solution for protecting key data types in Office 365 which includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Office 365 Groups. The service runs natively in the cloud with no requirement to install any software on

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