Veeam Software, a leader in backup solutions that enable Intelligent Data Management, has announced the new Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 v3, offering organisations even faster backup, improved security, enhanced visibility and analytics.

As enterprises are responsible for protecting their Office 365 data, Veeam’s solution delivers secure backup for Office 365 Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Microsoft Teams, enabling quick recovery of individual items and efficient eDiscovery of backup data for Office 365 or hybrid environments.

“The majority of businesses we engage with are either using Microsoft Office 365 or are planning on adopting it,” said Trent Odgers, Cloud and Hosting Manager, Southern Africa at Veeam.

“The launch of Microsoft Azure in March has created a heightened interest in public and local cloud providers, and the cloud journey is now even more relevant for South African businesses. We see an aggressive uptake of cloud services and local businesses are accelerating their cloud migration plans.

“That said, education remains key as cloud is a shared responsibility model and companies need to ensure that their data is protected and that they can access it. Having reliable backup of business-critical information is crucial as ransomware can specifically target cloud-based services.”

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3 makes it easier for companies to back up and reliably restore Office 365 Exchange, SharePoint and OneDrive data, giving them the assurance that their data is protected and can be recovered in the event of a disaster.

“A majority of organisations are adopting the Microsoft Office 365 platform and while Microsoft provides management and uptime for the cloud-based services, it is the individual company’s responsibility to protect their data,” said Danny Allan, Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam.

“Veeam’s innovative solutions give organisations the control to intelligently manage and retain access to their business-critical information for regulatory governance, compliance and recovery purposes. And it is resonating with businesses across the globe.

“Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 has been downloaded by more than 55,000 organisations, representing seven million Office 365 users. This solution represents 549% year-over-year growth and now takes the place as our fastest-growing product. With the market acceptance and demand of this solution, we expect version three to further accelerate our dominance in this space.”

The rapid market adoption and growth of Microsoft Office 365 has also created an opportunity for service providers to offer backup solutions to the more than 140 million Office 365 users in a US$2.5 billion market. With Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3, Veeam Cloud and Service Providers (VCSPs) assist with secure backup of Office 365 Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business data; quickly restoring individual items through a number of flexible receiver options and providing the capability to efficiently automate and scale an Office 365 backup revenue stream.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3 eliminates the risk of losing access to business-critical data and ensures the organisation remains in control. Version 3 makes it easier to efficiently back up and reliably restore Office 365 Exchange, SharePoint and OneDrive data with up to 30x faster backup for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, dramatically shortening Office 365 backup windows from hours to minutes and from minutes to mere seconds; improved security for Office 365 backup data with support for multi-factor authentication; and enhanced visibility and analytics with Office 365 data protection reports that assist with identifying unprotected mailboxes while managing license and storage use.

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