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Microsoft 365 Backup and Microsoft 365 Backup Storage at Ignite 2023


You have critical data stored in Microsoft 365 which means business continuity is more essential than ever in this era of rising ransomware attacks and security threats. Recovering large volumes of content is difficult when copying data at a scale from a remote air gapped location requiring weeks or even months to get your business back up and running.   

To address these challenges, we have developed Microsoft 365 Backup—a new storage architecture for backup and data protection inside Microsoft 365. This storage lives inside the Microsoft 365 trust boundary, so you manage the security of your Microsoft 365 data in one place. 

Microsoft 365 Backup allows us to accelerate large scale backup and recovery times by an order of magnitude. Preliminary testing has shown recovery speeds with this new approach are more than 20 times faster than traditional backup architecture. Your data is kept in its native format, encrypted, geographically distributed, and secured within Microsoft 365.  

Microsoft 365 Backup provides these capabilities:  

1. Backup all or select SharePoint sites, OneDrive accounts, and Exchange mailboxes in your tenant.     

2. Restore OneDrive accounts, SharePoint sites, and mailbox items to a prior point in time for your entire tenant.  

3. Search or filter content in your backups using key metadata such as site names, owners, subject, creation/modification dates, and event types restore point date ranges. 

Microsoft 365 Backup Demo

The paid public preview of Microsoft 365 Backup will begin later in 2023 and will reach General Availability in the first half of 2024. Backup for other Microsoft 365 sources, such as Teams chat and other Microsoft 365 services, and granular file-level recovery are part of our post-GA roadmap.  

Partner Solutions 

You can get the benefits of Microsoft 365 Backup by adopting a partner’s application built on top of our  Backup Storage. Our partners can provide unique and powerful experiences within a single pane of glass integrating your Microsoft 365 and non-Microsoft 365 data sources. By leveraging the Microsoft 365 Backup Storage, partner apps can deliver the same exceptional backup and restore speeds provided by Microsoft assurances – all while keeping that Microsoft 365 data within the trusted Microsoft security and compliance domain.  

Our partners who are dedicated to bringing the advantages of Microsoft 365 Backup Storage to our customers are AvePoint, Cohesity, Commvault, Rubrik, Veeam, and Veritas. We appreciate their support on this journey. 

AvePoint Cloud Backup Express

“As organizations produce more data, especially with the acceleration of AI, it is imperative they have the proper data protection, classification and secure collaboration solutions in place,” said John Peluso, Chief Product Officer, AvePoint. “With Microsoft 365 Backup Storage, AvePoint offers our customers unparalleled speed, security and protection of their digital workplace technology investments, all within the AvePoint Confidence Platform.”


Cohesity DataProtect

“93% of organizations say that the threat of ransomware has grown significantly in 2023, making it particularly important to protect data across cloud environments,” said Sanjay Poonen, CEO and president of Cohesity. “With this integration between Cohesity DataProtect and Microsoft 365 Backup Storage, our joint customers will benefit from faster data restore capabilities in the context of their Microsoft 365 configuration and access policies.”

Commvault Cloud Backup and Recovery for Microsoft 365

“The combination of Commvault Cloud and Microsoft 365 Backup Storage enables customers to rapidly respond to malicious attacks and get back to business with minimal disruption”, said David Ngo, Commvault Cloud Chief Technology Officer. “We’re excited to give customers more options to protect their data from malicious attacks.”

Rubrik Data Protection for Microsoft 365 Backup Storage

“We’re proud to be Microsoft’s partner to deliver Rubrik Data Protection for Microsoft 365 Backup Storage as a high-speed backup and accelerated recovery option for our largest joint customers. Rubrik extends the Microsoft solution to provide expanded recoverability across Microsoft Entra ID and Microsoft Teams, while centralizing data protection for all of their Microsoft, SaaS and cloud data in Rubrik Security Cloud.”

– Mike Tornincasa, Chief Business Officer, Rubrik

Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365

“As the #1 global market leader in data protection and ransomware recovery, Veeam® continues to strengthen our long-standing partnership with Microsoft. New integrations of Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 with Microsoft 365 Backup Storage via Microsoft’s backup APIs will bring customers and partners new capabilities for backup, recovery, ransomware protection and business continuity, and provide the fastest ransomware recovery available for Microsoft 365 data.”

– Danny Allan, CTO at Veeam

Veritas Alta™ SaaS Protection

“Veritas integrating with Microsoft 365 Backup is exciting for our customers who will be able to enhance their cyber resilience to threats like ransomware, with fast, granular recovery and long-term retention that meets data compliance needs.”

– Lawrence Wong, Chief Strategy Officer, Veritas


Microsoft 365 Backup uses our new Backup Storage platform to provide protection for Microsoft 365-based data sources. It backs up and restores your OneDrive, SharePoint, and Exchange data at scale – while also keeping multiple redundant backups within the Microsoft 365 trust boundary to maintain business continuity.

Calls to Action

The paid public preview of Microsoft 365 Backup will begin later in 2023. You can access the user guide now to learn about setup and activation for Microsoft 365 Backup.

Visit our adoption page for additional information.

Partners can learn more about applying to our Content AI Partner Program to get preview access to Microsoft 365 Backup Storage and more.

Sign up for ongoing information about Microsoft 365 Backup and the rest of our content management solutions management solutions.

Backup is one part of our growing set of solutions for advanced content management across Microsoft 365. Learn more from this week’s announcement of the new SharePoint Premium at Microsoft Ignite.

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