Veeam Levels Up Data Protection and Ransomware Defense for Microsoft 365

Veeam Levels Up Data Protection and Ransomware Defense for Microsoft 365

By Greg Tavarez

Ransomware attacks against cloud environments are on the rise – $449 million in ransoms was paid within six months during 2023, according to a Chainalysis report. This is concerning especially for the 18 million users worldwide who use something as big as Microsoft 365. 

Arriving at this critical juncture, Veeam Software, a provider of data protection and ransomware recovery solutions, recently made advancements in safeguarding Microsoft 365 data. The company revealed new Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) capabilities for its flagship Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 product, alongside a strengthened partnership with Microsoft that leverages Microsoft 365 Backup Storage.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 lets organizations achieve "radical resilience" by securing critical data across Microsoft Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Microsoft Teams. The newly integrated BaaS functionality expands accessibility by offering a cloud-based, pay-as-you-go service model. This simplifies data protection for customers of all sizes, which then eliminates the need for upfront infrastructure investments or complex on-premises management.

“The recent addition of our BaaS offering for Microsoft 365 underlines our commitment to continuing to deliver new features and capabilities that take advantage of the power and reliability of the Veeam Data Platform which keeps businesses running,” said Danny Allan, Chief Technology Officer at Veeam.

Further solidifying Veeam's commitment to Microsoft 365 protection, the company announced deeper integration with Microsoft 365 Backup Storage. This native storage option within Microsoft Azure provides high-speed point-in-time recovery for Microsoft 365 data. Through this integration, Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 users gain access to an additional layer of security and resilience, enabling rapid data restoration in the event of ransomware attacks or accidental data loss.

This means that customers can choose from several options in how they wish to utilize Veeam and manage Microsoft 365. New Cirrus by Veeam delivers a simple, seamless SaaS experience, without having to manage the infrastructure or storage within Microsoft 365 Backup Storage.

With Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365, deploy Veeam’s existing software solutions for Microsoft 365 data protection and manage the infrastructure. There is also a backup service from a Veeam Cloud & Service Provider partner, built on top of the Veeam platform, with value-added services unique to the provider’s area of expertise.

“Microsoft 365 Backup Storage provides high-speed point-in-time recovery for data stored in Microsoft 365 environments so customers can react and respond to the latest cybersecurity threats confidently,” said Richard Riley, General Manager, Low Code and Content Services, Microsoft. “Integration with Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 delivers our joint customers radical resilience with fast backup and restore of critical business data to keep Microsoft 365 users productive.”

Work on the integration between Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft 365 Backup via their backup APIs is underway, with general availability of the updated Veeam offering expected within 90 days of the Microsoft 365 Backup Storage being available.

Edited by Alex Passett
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