We are thrilled that AvePoint is working with Microsoft to integrate with Microsoft 365 Backup, as announced during Microsoft Inspire. As one of the first providers to integrate with this new feature, we are excited to expand our Cloud Backup offering with an even more sophisticated approach to protect organizations’ data and take advantage of the restore speed and scale the Microsoft 365 Backup API has to offer.
In this post, we’ll discuss the capabilities of Microsoft 365 Backup and specifically how AvePoint is utilizing the Microsoft 365 Backup API to continue providing a comprehensive and robust backup and restore experience for our customers and partners.
What is Microsoft 365 Backup?
Microsoft 365 Backup provides rapid backup and restore of your Microsoft 365 data – including Microsoft OneDrive, SharePoint and Exchange. This means that, in the event of a malicious or accidental deletion of data, you can rest assured that your content is securely and efficiently backed up and restorable in hours, not months. All of this is done within the Microsoft trust boundary, giving you peace of mind that your data is safe.
Microsoft has been working with ISVs to build comprehensive backup experiences on top of Microsoft 365 Backup. This way, customers can take advantage of the speed and scale of Microsoft 365 and keep their other data properties protected.
According to Jeff Teper, President of Collaboration Apps and Platforms at Microsoft, “We’re excited about working with AvePoint, and we’re looking forward to the unprecedented speed and scale of backup and restore experiences they can bring to customers with our new Microsoft 365 Backup solution.”
Better Together: AvePoint Cloud Backup and Microsoft 365 Backup
At AvePoint, we know that data protection is more critical than ever in today’s digital age. That’s why we offer Backup as a Service (BaaS), or cloud backup, to our customers. IDC predicts that by 2025, 55% of organizations will have adopted a cloud-centric data protection strategy. The benefits of cloud backup are clear: reduced costs, increased scalability, and faster recoveries.
However, it’s not enough to simply have a redundant copy of your information sitting in a cloud somewhere. You need to be able to access it and recover it quickly in the event of a disaster. Here are some of the factors you need to consider when assessing backup vendors:
- Quick, easy recovery and assistance: Make sure that you’re asking backup vendors about features such as delegated administration and contextual backup management consoles, as well as point-in-time and self-service restores that will empower business users to safely recover data without having to overburden their information technology teams.
- Comprehensive data protection: Backup vendors should be able to back up your basic workloads – such as SharePoint, OneDrive and Exchange – as well as complex workloads such as Microsoft Groups, Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Planner as organizations increase their adoption of digital workplace platforms.
- Not overlooking the details: Backup vendors must go beyond just protecting the overall workspace. They also should be able to cover the individual items and permissions most likely to be compromised and in need of restoring. Backup vendors should be able to grow with your organization and support the deployment of more advanced workloads.
- Diversified storage options: Backup vendors should have retention policies in place to safeguard against accidental or malicious deletions. They should also offer a bring-your-own-storage option to help you diversify where you store your data.
With all this said, the complexity comes when backup vendors are physically moving the data from their storage to the final place of storage. This especially becomes difficult when a restore request happens, and vendors have to follow the path back into where the data is stored in Microsoft. With the Microsoft 365 Backup API, AvePoint can keep the movement of data within the walls of Microsoft, which allows for faster backups and restores and making it easier to scale.
For example, if you were in an apartment and had to move to a house, you could pack your items and identify which were the most important. However, you’d still need to hire a moving company to actually move it. That moving company may stop at a distribution center to switch trucks or drivers before making it to your new house.
With the Microsoft 365 Backup API, you cut out the middle steps of the journey which add time and risk. It’s like living in an apartment building and you’re switching units. You need less movers and the move will be much faster.
The Bottom Line
By using the Microsoft 365 Backup API, our award-winning data protection solution for Microsoft will provide organizations with complete, end-to-end backup solution that enables them to own their service level agreements, protect their most critical data and maintain flexibility in where data is stored.