Free Office 365 Backup from Veeam

SAAS & Backups

SAAS has to be the first move for most companies to the cloud. Rather than build your own let someone else worry about the development and support costs, all you have to do is turn up and use it right? Whilst many companies will take this approach and put complete trust in their provider, an often forgotten aspect is backup.

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Native Office 365 Protection

It is important to understand what Microsoft offers you in terms of data protection as it may vary from what you are used to internally. In a traditional on premise data protection scenario you would back up the full environment including the infrastructure and application layer. This would not only give you a DR position but also granular restore of all your applications within it. Microsoft assures the availability of Exchange data by using DAGs across a geographically dispersed area and backups for the protection of their infrastructure. To recover deleted items from Exchange within Office 365 by default you have 30 days of recovery points to choose from.

Limitations

First of all it’s clear this an all eggs in one basket approach relying on one vendor for backups within the same application. In the traditional world of backups this would be frowned upon, ideally backups should be offsite and in another format. The second clear short coming is the number of restore points available, what if you need to recover further back than 30days for a legal case? Whilst this can amended its clear it still won’t reach the time window many companies have come to expect. Finally the standard Office 365 settings do not protect you against the disgruntled or reckless admin who deletes the data and restore points.

Salvation is free!

The solution is of course is to take control of your backups again. With version 9.5 Veeam announced the backups of MS Office 365 would be supported. The good news there is now an offer on for free Office 365 e-mail backups for current Veeam Backup & Replication Enterprise Plus customers who will get two years of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 free, and customers with Standard or Enterprise edition will get one year free.

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Veeam’s next big thing

The good ol days

As exciting as IT is now, things were simpler in the old days. You had a bunch of physical servers a tape drive in the corner and some backup software. As long as you remembered to change your tapes you knew everything was being backed up and if you really wanted to go the extra mile you took that tape off site. IT solutions including on-site, public/ private cloud, SAAS mean that data is disparate and the backup situation complex. Whilst there are data protection offerings to meet each individual requirement already, there wasn’t a single vendor with a vision that all the requirements of today’s IT departments. With Veeams next big thing they have come to the table and put forward this complete vision for data protection.

Key Announcements

Lets look at this collection of announcements that form the vision.  The diagram below summarises the proposal that Veeam can be used as a single tool to backup public, private clouds, physical machines and Office365.

 

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Office 365 Backup – Arguably the most significant announcement was the integration with Office 365. This new functionality allows the backup of Office 365 data to a Veeam repository. This allows the recovery of individual mailbox items and the eDiscovery of Exchange items.

Agents – Veeam End Point has been available for some time with a suggested use of backup for end user workstations. Veeam have enhanced support for application consistent backups and the Veeam Agent for MS Windows is now supported to protect your physical MS servers. The agent for Linux currently already available in beta, has a similar use case and can also be used for all your physical servers.

It has been a frustration of mine for some time that agents were not available for physical workloads so it good to see that covered off, but more significantly Veeam has stated that these agents can also be used for the backup of VMs that live in the public cloud.

Veeam Availability Console – This is the one console that ties together all the components and again nicely illustrates Veeams vision for a single product to backup and control your companies dispersed data. The availability console comprises the Veeam Availability Suite which is the console most of you are familiar with and probably think of when you think of Veeam. Plus VAC also enables you to manage all your agents from a single console, this was not possible with endpoint. This effectively means you can manage your traditional Veeam snapshot backups, plus physical and cloud backups from a single console.

Further Details

Watch the announcement

Good overview from Anthony Spiteri

Nice summary of all the news by Michael Cade

 

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