December 14th, 2017 Simplify IT

10 Good Reason to use NetApp for Office 365 Data Protection

Guard your SaaS Data with NetApp Cloud Control.

Office 365 Data Protection from NetApp

If your organisation uses Microsoft Office, Exchange, or SharePoint, odds are that it has also adopted Office 365 cloud services or plans do so in the future. But is your data in Office 365 secure? Cloud Control for Microsoft Office 365 from NetApp helps guard your data from threats or accidental deletion. Here are 10 good reasons for using NetApp Cloud Control for your Office 365 Data Protection.

Office 365 Data Protection

10 Good Reasons to use NetApp for Office 365 Data Protection

Why Office 365 User Data Needs Additional Protection

Although Microsoft is responsible for protecting Office 365 data where it resides, from the application layer down, its customers are responsible for protecting their own data. Creating a second, secure copy of the data is a widely accepted best practice for protecting user data, and this holds true when moving to the cloud. Access to backup copies can overcome the following limitations of Office 365 services:

  • Microsoft does not back up Exchange user data. Instead, it protects the Exchange service by creating four copies of each database, which are spread across different data centers.
  • Despite options like the retention of Exchange data by using litigation hold, retention policies, and inactive mailboxes capabilities, Office 365 user data remains at risk for a variety of reasons, including human error, sync errors, malicious insiders, rogue administrators, deadly ransomware attacks, and external hackers.
  • Both SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business use site collection recycle bins that retain deleted data for up to 186 days. However, if the data is manually or automatically deleted from these bins, it is permanently gone.

Protection and security for Office 365 data are essential. You need the same level of protection, administration, and security for Office 365 that you have on premises. For instance, there is no special administrative setting to defend against an Office 365 service outage, and in such a scenario, the only remedy is to access a backup copy that is external to the Office 365 service. NetApp Cloud Control can help you recover corporate data stored in Office 365 quickly and effectively from a specific restore point prior to the data loss.

What Cloud Control Can Do for You

Cloud Control is an easy-to-use, cloud-native SaaS offering that simply requires you to sign in and choose the service you want to back up, choose your backup target, and then start protecting your data. The entire configuration can be completed in less than 5 minutes. The single user interface allows you to set your schedule, search your backups, and recover the information at any time. You simply purchase a 12-month, 24-month, or 36-month license and launch the service. There is no software or hardware to buy and nothing to install. You get a complete Office 365 Data Protection service from NetApp for your Office 365 data.

How Cloud Control Works

The NetApp Cloud Control for Office 365 service is a cloud-native SaaS offering that protects your Office 365 data for recovery in the event of accidental or intentional, malicious deletion. The Cloud Control service gives you two simple ways to back up your corporate data to the location of your choice: Either let Cloud Control be your target, or bring your own storage (BYOS) location. You can choose on-premises storage with NetApp StorageGRID® Webscale. If you require a cloud-based target, bring your own Amazon Web Services (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3) or Azure Blob Storage. To simplify the solution, you can get complete backup plus target service by using the optional storage provided by Cloud Control.

This comprehensive backup solution is hosted in the cloud, eliminating the need to install, upgrade, and maintain software. It covers Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business, and backs up all your data within the service environments. You get the complete Cloud Control feature set across all Office 365 services, which means increased flexibility.


Want to find out more about Office 365 Data Protection using Cloud Control, then download the Solution Brief.

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