Are you backing up your Microsoft 365 data?

It is a common misunderstanding that Microsoft take backups of your data – they don’t!
People also believe that just because data is in the cloud, it is safe from corruption or system failure – it’s not!

Avoid downtime, data loss and security breaches with our powerful and flexible cloud backup solution – Acronis Cyber Protect

Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud is the next generation in business backup solutions. From laptops & desktops, to Microsoft Office 365 and cloud services, all the way up to large server deployments – VMit is proud to work with Acronis to provide high quality, flexible and affordable backup solutions for businesses of all sizes

Why use cloud backup?

Using cloud backups is cheaper than maintaining an on-premises backup system. Paying just a subscription fee, there is no need to purchase or maintain hardware and software, nor worry about getting approval for a large upfront purchase.

In the event of a local disaster, such as a fire or flood, on-premise or local backups can be destroyed. Data backed up to the cloud is isolated from these events, so even if your offices and systems may be destroyed, your backups can be retrieved to ensure your organisation can get back up and running.

If you have an internet connection, you can access your backed-up data from anywhere, anytime. While restoring a full backup from the cloud can take time, it is easy and quick to download just a few files from the cloud.

Working with a partner such as VMit can ensure your backups are just as secure as a local backup. Even small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) with no cyber security staff on-site can achieve high security standards to protect your data

In the event that a cybercriminal attempts and succeeds in attacking your on-premise systems, potentially comprimising or destroying active data, attackers typically delete or tamper with local backups as well.
Having an isolated cloud backup keeps that data protected

Cloud services can be scaled up or down without purchasing additional hardware or software, however your subscription price will change accordingly.

In fact, the smaller your business, the more you benefit from an online and automated backup – enterprise level capabilities at a fraction of the cost

Why backup Microsoft Office 365?

Contrary to popular belief, whilst Microsoft provides replication of data (between different data centres and your computers) they do not take responsibility for data backups. Therefore, if the data becomes corrupted or deleted, these changes are replicated. In fact, in the Microsoft Service Agreement we read:
“We strongly advise you to make regular back-up copies of Your Content. Microsoft can’t be held responsible for Your Content or the material others upload, store or share using our Services.”

Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud takes care of these backups, helping to protect against potential data loss or ransomware attacks, which is achieved using data centres not shared with Microsoft.

Diagram of how Acronis provides cloud backup for Microsoft MSO365 services

Sage have a similar ‘cloud access’ feature to accounting and payroll packages. However they too state on their implementation page: “Just so you know Remote Data Access is not a backup service. You need to continue to take regular backups of your data”.
The consensus across cloud based services is therefore: they are not a replacement for backups, such as those carried out by Acronis

Why use VMit for Acronis?

Regardless of backup solution, it is important to regularly verify and ensure your backup infrastructure is working correctly. Using Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud, VMit provides a managed cloud backup solution with regular monitoring of backups by our team of experienced technicians.
Being a partner with Acronis also means VMit can obtain high level technical support, should this ever be required.

Give us a call to implement Acronis Cloud Backup for you today!