Migration to cloud is becoming increasingly attractive to businesses, particularly as it allows for employees to work with increasing flexibility at any time, in any place. However, sometimes even The Mighty Cloud can fail us...
COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
According to IDC, 80% of companies are now running applications in the cloud. However, research from analysts 451 also found that 43% seek improvements in service performance; any degradations and outages to business-critical cloud applications can significantly impact how organisations function.
This is especially true of email, as the cornerstone of how the vast majority of organisations choose to communicate today.
Organisations of all sizes have adopted cloud-based email to enable employees to access their inboxes on the move, and stay productive from wherever they are. Cloud-based email also offers greater scalability while reducing the costs associated with running and maintaining physical infrastructure.
As Microsoft Office 365 becomes increasingly popular, IT managers are also adopting Exchange Online as an effective cloud-based email platform.
However, many companies wrongly assume when migrating email to the cloud that they no longer need to back up their data.
In reality, this isn’t the case, and this misconception lures businesses into a false sense of security. Even the ‘big’ cloud providers can’t guarantee constant availability – with Amazon suffering a catastrophic outage as recently as February.
As a result, when migrating email to the cloud, it is critical that companies regularly back up data to ensure they can continue to operate if the cloud goes ‘down’. Considering the average employee receives around 122 emails every single day, even an hour long service disruption could heavily damage productivity.
Ensuring business continuity isn’t the only reason that companies need to back up their emails. Many organisations and industries have their own policies and regulations regarding email storage, protection and access. For example, the Financial Services Authority requires all business emails sent and received to be stored for up to six years.
To ensure a business can operate at full capacity in a worst case scenario, and to avoid costly fines from regulators – businesses need a solution that can back up emails, contacts and calendars from Office 365 to another cloud or on-premise environment automatically. This would reduce the risk of companies losing access to their email and ensure continuous email availability for its employees.
Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 can support all of the above, and also includes a detailed search capability, enabling users to retrieve and store data for regulatory or compliance reasons when necessary.
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