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Veeam Backup for Office 365 adds Microsoft Teams protection

Veeam Software has announced the general availability of the latest version of the company's fastest growing product — Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365.

Version 5 adds purpose-built backup and recovery for Microsoft Teams, making it easier for users to quickly find and restore Teams data, including entire groups, specific channels and settings.

Veeam says protecting this data is more critical than ever, as the shift to remote working has created an explosion in Microsoft Teams adoption over the past year, with 115 million daily active users last month, up 475% from 20 million daily active users almost 12 months ago.

With 85% product growth year-over-year (YoY) in Q3'20, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 has exceeded 133,000 downloads across tens of thousands of organisations, which are relying on Veeam to protect their Office 365 data, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and now backup and recovery specifically built for Microsoft Teams.

“For many, Microsoft Teams has become the centre of our productivity universe and holds valuable intellectual property. But protecting data in Microsoft Teams has been a challenge historically,” says Danny Allan, chief technology officer and senior vice president of product strategy at Veeam.

“Although Microsoft Teams data has its own basic retention, it doesn't fully protect against accidental deletion or security threats that lead to data loss, nor does it enable long-term retention for compliance or regulatory purposes — a significant concern for many companies," he says.

"Teams is not a self-contained application, as the data is scattered throughout Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. In addition, the Teams configurations, which include settings, members and team structure, are vital components to ensure Teams data is fully protected and easily recoverable. Veeam is meeting this critical business need with our new version of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365.

In addition to safeguarding Microsoft Teams applications, channels and tabs, and the data within those components, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 provides a customised, granular recovery experience using NEW Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Teams.

"This Explorer is built from the ground up specifically for Microsoft Teams, providing powerful eDiscovery with the broadest set of search criteria, combined with most effortless recovery back to Teams — making it easier than ever for businesses to quickly search, find and recover the Teams data they need," Veeam says.

Ultimately, whether Microsoft Teams or the entire Office 365 environment, it's the responsibility of each business to protect and control their data. Microsoft Teams support in Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v5 now includes:

·         Purpose-built Microsoft Teams backup: Full control and protection over Microsoft Teams data

·         Faster and easier recovery: Industry-leading restore options built for Microsoft Teams

·         Unmatched eDiscovery: Enables granular search and find across Microsoft Teams components for seamless governance and compliance

In addition, v5 now provides scalability with new architectural enhancements that deliver 5x the scale increase to support larger enterprises, combined with the ability to browse the UI for over 100,000 objects simultaneously. Version 5 also provides up to 2x faster Office 365 data movement to object storage, along with parallel processing for digesting massive SharePoint Online lists, and faster PowerShell and Rest API calls that execute in seconds.

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