Latest version of backup software provides a customized, granular recovery experience for Microsoft Teams.

This week Veeam Software announced the general availability of the latest version of the company’s Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365.

Version 5 adds purpose-built backup and recovery for Microsoft Teams, making it easier than ever for users to quickly find and restore Teams data, according to Veeam. The data recovered includes entire groups, specific channels and settings.

Protecting this data is more critical than ever, says Veeam. This is because the shift to remote working has created an explosion in Microsoft Teams adoption over the past year. According to the company, 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 organizations, the company claims. They say customers 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.

Teams is now the “center of our productivity”

Danny Allan, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam, explained the criticial role that Microsoft Teams now plays.

“For many, Microsoft Teams has become the center of our productivity universe and holds valuable intellectual property,” he said. “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.” The native Teams app also lacks long-term retention for compliance or regulatory purposes. This is a significant concern for many companies, according to Allan.

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Support for larger enterprises

In addition, v5 now provides powerful 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. 

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v5 is now generally available. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Community Edition provides FREE backup and recovery of Office 365 data for up to 10 users, 10 teams and one TB of SharePoint data.

Tip: At Veeam, the focus in the coming period will be on the hybrid cloud