ThinkMobile Selects CloudAlly as No.1 Vendor for Cloud Backup

Kudos to us at CloudAlly as – The IT research and marketing company that’s known for its highly informative and exhaustive technology articles and blogs, ThinkMobiles, has listed 17 of the Best Backup Software for April 2019. The compilation is a product of careful analysis and will greatly be of help to those looking into getting backup software that fulfills their specific and general requirements.

CloudAlly’s backup software comes in first place on the list — a cloud-integrated backup used to backup important information from a variety of sources. It’s a smart system of planning and reporting that lets you plan for regular backup creation and be notified of the operations’ success.

CloudAlly recognized as No.1 in cloud-to-cloud backup for major business solutions.

Office 365 Cloud-Based Service, is a game-changer for businesses.

Microsoft’s recognized Office 365 cloud-based service is a game-changer for businesses.

Article Summary

  1. Obsolete workstations – decommissioning is easy
  2. On-boarding – adding new users is a breeze
  3. Costs are transparent – with an old per-machine approach, it was easy to overlook some licenses over time.

Office 365 Cloud-Based ServiceNot too many years ago, companies had to purchase licenses out of the box and physically install Microsoft Office software on workstations. Now, it’s much easier to simply log on and subscribe Microsoft office 365 services over the Internet, and ?  Provisioning systems dynamically is now much easier to perform.Here are some of the major benefits the office managers have found in utilizing an Office 365 model.

Decommissioning Workstations

Suppose existing employees leave for sunnier vistas, or the company has to transfer or downsize employees. In this case, it used to be somewhat costly and time consuming to decommission an individual employee’s workspace. The company had to physically uninstall software or contact the service provider to cancel a license and then decide what to do with the workstation.

Now, with Office 365, obsolete workstations can be decommissioned with the click of a button. Online transfer systems and on-demand cloud services have led to a much more agile approach to staffing and supplying employees with the software that they need to do their jobs. That alone is saving companies thousands of dollars in human resources labor and oversight costs, on unnecessary license subscription fees.

In addition, even projects that former employees were working on are much easier to transition or decommission as needed. For example, suppose an employee was instrumental in making innovative changes to an intranet over Office 365, where hosting and domains and everything else are coalesced and streamlined by the cloud model. Making those difficult transitions gets a lot easier, because Sharepoint and associated structures are “open and interoperable” in the right ways.


By the same token, with an Office 365 approach, it’s easy for companies to grow and scale.

In the old business world, the idea of adding workers to scale up operations involved some significant investment. In addition to the office furniture and equipment required, companies had to, again, add licenses and install software, while also investing in training and other costs. It wasn’t unusual for on-boarding costs to range in the thousands of dollars. Training

Microsoft Office 365 and its cloud service model has put an end to some of that. Adding new users is a breeze with dynamic provisioning that allows for virtual sign-ups instead of trying to set up hardware systems with the equivalent Office suite software on-premises. Think about the time that used to be spent with IT workers running to corners of an office to physically provision the systems. That is now a thing of the past, and it’s saving companies significant amounts of time and money.

Transparent Costs

With today’s Microsoft Office 365 cloud services and subscription pricing, it’s easy for companies to evaluate vendor costs.

With the old system, license costs and fees could hide in an operating budget. One-time costs and other factors could be hard to keep track of over the long-term.

Now with dynamic cloud services, it’s easy for a company to build a dashboard view of all related vendor costs and manage operations in a much more efficient way.

In fact, this kind of visual dashboard service is really re-inventing management. Companies don’t need to worry about how to compile or aggregate the data they need to really effectively manage even a large number of employees. There’s a move toward what’s known as ‘digital twinning’ where every component of an office has its own digital counterpart – and all of that analytics can be funneled into a visual dashboard to show executives everything the company is buying, what it’s costing them, and why. That’s a tremendous value as a company scales – part of the difficulty in scaling or making transitions is making sure that there is adequate data support for what’s going on. With consolidated data structures (which you get from streamlining operations with cloud models) that gets a lot easier.

In the old days, certain costs tended to “get lost” as sprawl led to a disorganized flow chart. Now, nothing falls through the cracks, because all of the data on operational cost is in one place.

Think about how to apply Office 365 to a modern business, to make everything from hiring to firing more efficient, and to help chart a course toward a successful future. When companies recognize the power of this cloud technology, they unlock doors, and pave the way toward more vibrant agility and growth.

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Microsoft Cloud Backup & Data Recovery

Cloud Backup for Microsoft with CloudAlly: A beginner’s guide

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Microsoft Office 365 Exchange has undoubtedly proven itself to be an amazing tool for small businesses and large enterprises alike. And yet, the computing behemoth still has limitations when it comes to data backup (Microsoft cloud backup). Like most systems, Microsoft Office 365 Exchange backup only backs up information to a certain point and after that point, it becomes unrecoverable.


What this article is about:

Where Microsoft data recovery ends, cloud-to-cloud backup solutions take over, offering virtually limitless cloud backup storage so that data that can be recovered from any point in time.

Why you might need Microsoft cloud backup solutions

Although cloud-based, Microsoft Office 365 Exchange does not give you limitless backup storage. Once a file has been moved into and then out of the recycling bin — whether automatically or manually — recovery becomes much more difficult; bordering on impossible. Office 365 lacks the daily backup and archiving functionality required to fully access lost data once it has been removed from your recycling bin.

While you may be extremely careful about the data you decide to delete, there are other ways you can permanently lose it, like:

  • malicious activity by hackers
  • disgruntled employees
  • corruption through third party app synchronization gone awry
  • employee error

Unfortunately, because Microsoft Office 365 Exchange is not set up for daily cloud backups, that means these unexpected data losses may be irreversible.

Office 365 Exchange emails are especially susceptible to being lost. You can set a time limit for your Recoverable Items folder in Outlook to a maximum of 30 days, but after that, there is little hope of data recovery.

According to Microsoft’s customer facing technical help documents on its website: “Point in time restoration of mailbox items is out of the scope of the Exchange service.”

If you need to locate a deleted email from three months ago, you will be out of luck with the default Office 365 Exchange backup and recovery capabilities. It pays to add a specialized third-party Microsoft cloud backup service to keep your data safe.

How CloudAlly Microsoft cloud backup and data recovery works

Once you set up your backups (more on that below), CloudAlly takes all that information, timestamps it and puts it in a secure Amazon S3 bucket for quick and easy retrieval. You can now easily restore data from the backups by specific date, keywords or search on contents.

CloudAlly provides Microsoft cloud backup and data recovery for:

  • Mail
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Tasks

You can backup data for everyone in your business or for selected users. If you recruit new employees, CloudAlly is able to detect new users and automatically add them. You can also choose to add people and if you prefer, to adjust their backup requirements manually.

As a comprehensive backup and data recovery solution, CloudAlly provides unlimited storage for your information and unlimited retention of your company’s archives. This means that no piece of data will ever be lost forever. You never know when you need a piece of information, no matter how trivial it seems.

Your CloudAlly account can be easily configured to send you a daily report of what has been backed up. In addition, you can request to automatically receive a more extensive overview of what the CloudAlly service has backed up for you over time.

Being non-destructive, when you have to restore something from your backed up data, those restored files will not overwrite anything. This means that you don’t have to sacrifice current data to get back old data.

If you require a specific file, you can easily search for it via date or keyword and then restore that single file. If necessary, you can also restore entire calendars, mailboxes, folders and other items.

For in-house archiving, you can export your archived material in any of these formats:

  • EML
  • VCF
  • ICS
  • PST

Microsoft cloud backup service process

Here is the entire process for enabling the CloudAlly Microsoft Office 365 Exchange backup.

  • Login to your CloudAlly account and choose “Activate New Backup.”
  • Choose “Office 365 Exchange.”

At this point, there are two ways you can authenticate:

  • OAuth
  • Global Admin Account

Prior to authenticating, you need to make sure Application Impersonation is set up correctly. To do that, choose either “Discovery Management” or “Organization Management” to see the steps for setting up Application Impersonation.

Once you have set up your Application Impersonation, you are ready to begin. The following directions are for a Global Admin Account.

  • Enter your Microsoft Office global admin email address and password
  • Click Start

Once your email address and password have been confirmed, you will see a confirmation message pop up in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.

You can now scroll down to see all the users in your Office 365 account. You are able to backup users and any public or shared folders pertaining to that user. CloudAlly allows you to backup each user one at a time by clicking the green arrow beside each user, or you can back them all up at the same time by clicking “Activate All.”

Whether you choose to activate the backups individually or in a group, the status of the users being backed up will change from “Not Active” to “Scheduled.”

Now you can scroll down to the box titled “Select your backup preferences.”

If you want CloudAlly to automatically detect new users and add them to your list of users to backup, click the “Automatically detect and activate new account” box.

  • You can enter a Friendly Name for your scheduled backup. (This allows a customized name for the backup)
  • The Archive Location is defined when your CloudAlly account is setup and can only be changed by opening a support ticket. Supported backup locations are:
    • United States
    • Canada
    • European Union
    • Australia
  • Set the Backup Hour. Note that it is in UTC format
  • Set your Backup Frequency, choosing from:
    • Daily
    • Every three days
    • Weekly
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Save Changes.”

This is the complete process for activating the CloudAlly Microsoft Office 365 Exchange cloud backup process. Once this is complete, the Office 365 mailboxes will be backed up based on the frequency you’ve chosen.

In addition to Office 365, CloudAlly can backup and archive your other SaaS tools, including:

  • SharePoint/OneDrive
  • G Suite
  • Salesforce
  • com
  • Dropbox

Security when using CloudAlly as a Microsoft cloud backup service

Obviously, security is of the utmost importance for any business. When you use CloudAlly as a Microsoft cloud backup service, you get a company that:

  • is ISO 27001 certified and HIPAA compliant
  • can provide a BAA Agreement on request
  • participates in the Cloud Security Alliance STAR (Security, Trust and Assurance Registry) program using CSA’s Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM)
  • uses Amazon S3 storage and encrypts the data at-rest using AES 256-bit encryption algorithms. Data is transmitted using the encrypted and secure SSL (HTTPS) protocol
  • provides a unique, securely stored encryption key and a unique S3 folder for each customer
  • uses industry standard OAuth for permission-based access when possible
  • allows for two-factor authentication to your CloudAlly account
  • deletes all your data if you decide to unsubscribe your account

Make backups a priority

We live in a data-driven world and protecting online data is more important than ever with the myriad threats facing companies from both inside and outside. One careless employee inadvertently clicking on a link in an email or entering their password in a trick website, could threaten your whole operation. You cannot afford to lose all your hard earned data.

By being proactive about data security and backing up your Office 365 Exchange accounts with a trusted Microsoft cloud backup service, you are ensuring the survival of your business in the case of disasters, hacking, corporate sabotage and any other unfortunate event that could befall your company and threaten your data.

Your employees, your customers, your shareholders and other stakeholders in your business rely on you to keep your operation running. Don’t let your business get disrupted by a loss of data. Start a 14-day free trial Start to backup your Office 365 with a Free 14 day trial.

Now that you know about the basics of Microsoft backup with CloudAlly, you might want to have a look at what we created for you…


APN Technology Partner Status status with Amazon Web Services Network (AWS)

CloudAlly is now officially an Amazon AWS Advanced Technology & Consulting Partner.

We’ve just announced attainment of Advanced Consulting Partner status, in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). The Amazon APN is an international program, designed to help APN Partners construct successful AWS-based businesses or solutions by providing business, technical, 

marketing, and go-to-market support.

The accomplishment will better enable CloudAlly to continue to provide its cloud-to-cloud backup & restore solution for Office 365, G Suite and Salesforce, and solutions to customers on AWS.

CloudAlly strives to support its customers & partners and achieving the APN partner status is a further accomplishment in this respect.

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Canadian Privacy Act and PIPEDA

Canadian Privacy Act and PIPEDA

AWS Canadian Data Center for: Office 365, G Suite, and backup

Cloudlly is supporting cloud to cloud backups with a new Amazon AWS data centers in Canada.  Our Channel partners & customers in Canada are now able to use CloudAlly to protect leading clients  SaaS applications, while ensuring that all data remains within Canadian borders.

Our new AWS data center in Canada, is allowing for compliance with the Canadian Privacy Act and PIPEDA.

We make backup simple and your data safe.