TECH BUYER Dec 2020 - IDC Perspective - Doc # EUR147031720

Microsoft's Office 365 Data Protection Strategy: Ignoring Backup and Recovery is Risky for Resilience, Continuity, and Productivity

By: Archana VenkatramanAssociate Research Director, Cloud Data Management, IDC Europe


This IDC Perspective discusses Microsoft's Office 365 data protection strategy. The adoption of SaaS applications, particularly Microsoft Office 365, is accelerating and its usage expands beyond Exchange to more services such as SharePoint, OneDrive, and Teams to enable productivity and collaboration in the post-pandemic era.

"Despite O365 becoming the center of business productivity, a backup and recovery strategy is an afterthought. Fewer than a quarter of O365 users have dedicated third-party data protection for O365. As data footprint in O365 environment proliferates, businesses need to realise that regardless of where the data is, it is the user's responsibility to protect it," said Archana Venkatraman, associate research director, IDC European Datacenter. "Without a dedicated backup and recovery strategy, enterprises are exposing O365 data to risks such as ransomware, data deletion, and compliance exposures, hindering their resiliency and business continuity."



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