New Microsoft 365 Backup Solution to Launch in Preview for Exchange, SharePoint, and OneDrive

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Microsoft unveiled a couple of new additions to the Microsoft 365 ecosystem at its Inspire 2023 conference this week. The company plans to introduce Microsoft 365 Backup and Microsoft 365 Achieve solutions to help enterprise customers to protect and manage large volumes of data.

Microsoft 365 Backup is a new service that will let organizations recover large volumes of OneDrive, SharePoint, and Exchange data at an unparalleled speed. It will also be possible to restore files, sites, and mailbox items at scale or in a granular manner. Microsoft 365 Backup enables customers to use metadata (like item/site names, event types, and owners) to search/filter content in their backups.

“The rise in ransomware encryption attacks and security breaches means organizations are making cybersecurity a priority to safeguard themselves from losing data and sensitive information. Organizations need to have a system to help them meet regulatory requirements,” Microsoft explained.

Microsoft 365 Backup comes with a restore service level agreement (SLA) and keeps within the Microsoft 365 security boundary. Microsoft plans to roll out the service in public preview for Exchange, SharePoint, and OneDrive in the coming months.

Microsoft 365 Archive

Later this year, Microsoft 365 Archive will launch in public preview to let enterprise customers store inactive/aging data within SharePoint. The cost-effective solution will help to ensure that the data is stored without compromising security or compliance requirements. Users will be able to easily archive and reactivate content in the SharePoint UI.

Microsoft says that users will be able to access Microsoft 365 Archive directly in the Microsoft 365 admin center. However, IT admins will be able to configure policies or use PowerShell scripts to automate scaled mass archiving.

Microsoft 365 Archive will initially provide site-level archiving capabilities for businesses. The company will add support for file-level archiving with retention policy workflow integrations in 2024.