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Technical Insight: Enterprise-Grade Protection for Microsoft 365

Published October 7th, 2022. In this free Technical Insight report, Sr. Analyst Krista Macomber breaks down the new IBM Storage Protect for Cloud (formerly IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Online Services (SPPOS)) for Microsoft 365. Download the free report now!

Why Protect Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 has become a critical collaboration tool for enterprises, meaning that its data must be protected in order to ensure resiliency against cyber-attacks, compliance with data privacy and governance legislation, and general availability of key corporate data. Ransomware and growing incidence of malicious insiders have elevated cyber-resiliency to a board-level conversation, and increasingly strict legislation regarding how data must be accessed, stored, and protected is being put into place across industries and regions. At the same time, longstanding issues pertaining to human error and accidental data deletion as well as natural disasters persist. All of these issues render it necessary to protect all corporate data to meet recovery point and recovery time objectives (RPOs and RTOs) for the business – including Microsoft 365 data.

Microsoft has some built-in capabilities, but they aren’t enough

When it comes to protecting Microsoft 365, one of the key areas of confusion in the industry lies in the built-in redundancy and service availability guaranteed by Microsoft. These do not cover availability or protection of data; they only cover the availability of the service itself. As a result, data protection is required in order to have backup copies of data that can be recovered. It is also required as a tool to meet compliance requirements; for example, some legislation requires data to be stored for an extended period of time.

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