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  • Writer's pictureJames Dalton, MInstD

Don't Let Data Loss Ruin Your Day: Why Backing Up Your Microsoft 365 Data is a Must

I know, you've heard it a million times before, but I can't stress enough how important it is to back up your Microsoft 365 data. I've seen firsthand the devastation that can happen when a business loses important files and documents due to a lack of proper backup. Trust me, it's not pretty.

First off, let's talk about why you should be backing up your data in the first place. Microsoft 365 is a great platform and all, but it's not immune to outages, hacking, and other forms of data loss including accidental deletion by users and they don't realize until it's too late (In my experience this is by far the most common). And while Microsoft does have some built-in protection in place, it's not always enough to keep your data safe. That's where backup comes in.

A good backup strategy not only protects you against data loss but it also gives you peace of mind knowing that your important files are safe and sound. And in the event of a disaster, you'll be able to quickly restore your data and get back to business as usual.

But what kind of backup strategy should you be using? Well, there are a few options to choose from. One popular option is to use a cloud-based backup service like Microsoft's own Azure Backup or a third-party service like Veeam or Datto SaaS. These services allow you to automatically back up your data to the cloud, so you can easily restore it if needed.

Another option is to use an on-premises backup solution like a physical hard drive or a network-attached storage (NAS) device with 365 backup capability. This can be a good choice if you're looking for more control over your backup process and don't want to rely on a third-party service, however this is a more expensive solution upfront, and there are more things to consider around having the data offsite.

No matter which backup solution you choose, it's important to make sure that you're regularly testing your backups to ensure they're working properly. And you should also set up a schedule for when your backups will run. This way, you can be sure that your data is being protected on a regular basis.

In conclusion, backup is one of those things that you might not think about until it's too late. Don't let that happen to you. Make sure you have a good backup strategy in place, and test it regularly. Trust me, you'll sleep better at night knowing your data is protected.

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