With ransomware trends on the rise, many analysts say that it is not a matter of if, but when, your organization will be targeted in an attack with potentially catastrophic consequences. Because of this, and other forms of disaster, many decision makers are turning to Veeam to safeguard their business data and ensure they can continue to service their customers with little or no downtime. Below are a couple of areas where leveraging Veeam can bring you peace of mind that your business is protected.
Microsoft 365 – Are you backing up your email?
Microsoft 365 has taken a foothold in the industry as the go-to collaboration solution for thousands of companies. It eliminates the need to host your own email, files, and content management infrastructure, however, it does not replace the need to have a backup of your business-critical data. While the common perception is that Microsoft takes care of your Office 365 data, the reality is much different. The Microsoft shared responsibility model shows us that Microsoft is responsible for the global infrastructure and the uptime of the Microsoft 365 Cloud Service, and YOU are responsible for your data. Put another way, with Microsoft 365, it is your data – you control if – and it is your responsibility to protect it.
Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 eliminates the risk of losing access to that data, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft Teams. It ensures that you remain in complete control, and that your data is always protected and accessible. Below are 6 reasons why you need a Microsoft 365 backup:
- Accidental deletion
- Retention policy confusion / gaps
- Internal security threats
- External security threats
- Legal and compliance requirements
- Managing hybrid deployments and migrations
Microsoft 365 backup and retention policies can only protect you from data loss in a limited way and are not intended to be a complete backup solution.
3-2-1 Backup Rule
Most are familiar with the 3-2-1 backup rule, but let’s review:
- Have at least three copies of your data
- Store the copies on two different media types
- Keep one backup copy offsite
It is important to have not just a single copy of your data, but multiple to minimize or prevent data loss during a disaster. By having an additional local backup of your production data, as well as an offsite copy, your risk goes down exponentially.
The 3 copies, which mitigate against hardware failure or accidental deletion are important, but to truly be protected, data should be spread across fault domains. It does no good to have production and local backups on the same local storage; it’s best to maintain a backup on a different media. That could be tapes or removable media, but more commonly it is dedicated backup storage infrastructure.
Additionally, physical separation between copies is important. It’s not wise to keep your external storage device in the same room as your production storage. If there was a fire, flood, or other disaster, you would lose all your data. An offsite tape service is still popular among companies of all sizes, but it’s becoming much more common to leverage a cloud service provider to ship your data offsite. This option provides additional flexibility and ease of management that is difficult or impossible to match using offsite tapes.
CIO’s choose Veeam overwhelmingly because it simply, flexibly, and reliably meets all the above requirements to ensure protection in the event of a disaster, natural or otherwise. With simple, granular recovery, analytics and a scalable architecture, administrators can efficiently manage their backup solution with Veeam no matter how large the environment. Veeam customers say, “it just works”.
Features Specially Designed to Thwart Malicious Attackers
Going beyond features that ensure your data is safe and recoverable, Veeam, in partnership with Veeam Cloud Service Providers (VCSP) offer additional services that take your data protection to the next level. Remember those offsite backups we talked about in the 3-2-1 rule? Veeam Cloud Connect has you covered. You can easily send your Veeam backups offsite to a VCSP to ensure that if your production or local backup data is damaged, deleted or lost, it is recoverable from the cloud.
An additional feature that many VCSPs provide is what Veeam calls “Insider Threat Protection”. Insider Threat Protection provides an additional safety net as a last resort to ransomware. If you are hit with ransomware, this additional “off-line” copy of your data may be the only thing between recovery, and having to pay out a ransom and hoping you get your data back. This is a feature that is only available through VCSPs.
Another recently released feature in Veeam Backup & Replication version 10, is what they call Immutability. This is another safeguard that Veeam has incorporated into their solution to prevent and even eliminate the chance of your company becoming the next ransomware victim. Immutability takes advantage of underlying object storage functionality to mark a backup with a policy that prevents malicious or accidental modification or deletion for the duration of the policy. Not even your administrator can delete it.
Veeam offers a comprehensive backup solution for organizations large and small that remains easy to use, flexible and above all, reliable. After all, isn’t that the most important thing when choosing a backup solution. These are just a few of the reasons that Veeam is trusted by 82% of the Fortune 500 and recognized as a leader in the industry by Gartner and other analysts.
Veeam and DSM
Figuring out how to effectively protect your data can be daunting, but DSM, Florida’s preferred cloud provider and a VCSP is here to help. Having served Florida’s IT needs for over 30 years, we specialize in identifying, and fixing pain-points that organizations are experiencing. If you’d like to learn more about how DSM can assist you with your Veeam solution, or have more questions about Veeam, reach out. We’ve got experts here to assist you.