#010: Does Microsoft Backup Your Office 365 Data? Well, Yes and No

In this episode of The Power Up Project, we cover:

〉Should you be backing up your Office365 data?

〉Can you trust Microsoft to protect your data?

〉How to back up your Office365 data.


Today on The Power Up Project, we’re going to ask the question should I be backing up my Office 365 data?

Hey, welcome back to The Power Up Project. My name is Ben Love and I’m your host for this episode, where we’re going to be checking in on the question should you be backing up your Office 365 information? Fantastic question.

Office 365, just to recap, is Microsoft’s big platform in the cloud there, which these days is really where all the focus is going for hosting our email and our file storage and our team communications, and our phone systems and video libraries. You name it, all that sort of stuff. We are putting so much of our vital corporate knowledge and content up in that cloud and we’re putting all that trust in Microsoft, that they will keep that information safe. The question? Is our trust being put in the right place? Are we right to trust Microsoft with this? There are two parts to the answer. Well, it depends specifically what the question is that you’re asking, I guess.

Can we trust Microsoft to actually protect all that information in a security sense? The answer is yes. Microsoft do an incredibly good job of security around Office 365. Can we trust Microsoft to protect all of that information in terms of a backup? What happens if Office 365 itself fails or crashes? Could we lose all of that information that we’ve stored in there? The short answer on that is theoretically yes, but in practise I’m confident that the answer is no. Microsoft have invested so much money and have designed an architecture around Office 365 that is so massively redundant and resilient that there is no chance that that information is going to be accidentally lost. However, does that mean that we should not backup that data ourselves? On that point, I’m going to say no, it does not mean that.

For example, when Microsoft backup and protect our data in Office 365, they’re not doing so for archival purposes for example. When we delete a mailbox or we delete some data out of our Office 365 tenant, that information will be deleted from that Office 365 tenant. Now, Microsoft will hold that for maybe 60 days or 90 days, or something or other. You may be able to get it back, you may not, during that recovery period. The point is, at no stage there has Microsoft failed in what they were intending to do. They protect your live active data, and they do that very well. But, there are definitely scenarios under which you would be advised to have your own backup of your Office 365 data. It’s not because Office 365 is going to crash, it’s for other situations.

How do you do that? The answer, thankfully, is very easily and also really quite cheaply. There’s a number of products on the market at the moment that are getting very, very good. There’s currently various tussles for leadership of which is going to be the better product. They leapfrog each other every few months, as these things tend to do until they all settle down. The product that we’re using at the moment with a lot of our clients, which is doing a fantastic job, is one called Backupify. There are absolutely other alternatives out there on the market that also do a very good job. By all means, google it yourself, or of course, touch base with your IT people, but these solutions themselves are also cloud based. They’re based in other data centres somewhere, not in the Office 365 cloud, for obvious reasons. You subscribe to them on a monthly basis or an annual basis and you pay a certain amount of money based on how many users you have in your Office 365 tenant that need to be backed up.

The pricing is not expensive. It could be $10 or $100 or something, depending on how many users you need to backup. Very easy to set up. It’s a very simple subscription to put in place and it’ll give you that peace of mind and that confidence that your Office 365 data is actually being backed up. So, if something does accidentally get deleted and you don’t discover that deletion for a long period of time, you will have those backups in place.

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