Are Microsoft 365 backups needed?
It’s a topical question, and I wish I could boldly give you a clear-cut answer, YES or NO? However, the answer isn’t that clear cut.
Let’s break this down into 3 simple questions:
- What Microsoft 365 license plans do you have?
- Are you using all the recovery features of your license plan to their full extent?
- Is your Business compliance, or Business Sector subject to any specific IT requirements around Data storage & Backups?
The real answer to this question, is a rather subjective one and it is; where your business lays according to those 3 key questions.
And so, let’s explore this in a bit more detail:
Firstly, Microsoft 365 does include backups. But I make the point they are not ‘Backups’ as you would expect in the On-Premise world with local Servers & Applications (there being backup each night onto removable storage, then taken offsite. The old backup 3-2-1 rule). The backups are part of this transition and mindset from the On-Premise world into the Cloud world, with the ‘Software as a Service’ providers handling it in the best way for their service.
Microsoft have to deliver on their Service Level Agreements for the 365 services that you are paying for. In a nutshell; they need to provide its availability (it’s redundancy and resiliency across its distributed service network that spans datacentres, regions and con;nents).
And so with this in mind we do need to place some trust in Microsoft (as they built this platform!) to support it, and provide it to us as best they can.