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Backing up in Canada with Amazon AWS Data Centers
Microsoft Office 365 is a powerful business tool used by many companies throughout Canada. It helps boost productivity with reliable access to email, calendar, file sharing, online conferencing, instant messaging, and Office applications. It gives businesses the ability to work from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection, because it’s entirely cloud-based.
Unfortunately, many Canadian businesses don’t realize that Microsoft Office 365 backup is fairly limited and leaves you open to data loss due to user error, malicious deletion, and data corruption.
The Need for Office 365 Backup
The reality is that Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving for Office 365 is NOT a real backup solution.
Exchange Online mailbox is auto-set for 14-day retention of deleted items. After this point, the recycle bin is permanently emptied, and you cannot recover data that has been accidentally or maliciously deleted. If you think ahead, you can extend your administrative recovery period to 30 days in Office 365, but there is no option for recovery beyond 30 days unless you sign up for a third-party Office 365 backup service.
Another issue with the basic Exchange Online Office 365 backup is that point-in-time restoration is out of scope. Exchange Online Archiving offers an eDiscovery service for litigation purposes, but that’s limited to pulling up a single message that’s been purged, not replicating an entire mailbox database.
Finally, Office 365 does not protect you from hackers or viruses that take control of your data or delete information. While it offers anti-spam and anti-malware protection, you still need to run your own antivirus programs and have a third-party Office 365 backup solution in place to protect your data if the worst should happen.
That’s why you need a 3rd party backup and restore solution.