The sixth version of Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 is generally available. The release includes a self-service portal and new tools for long-term storage.
Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 is popular among managed service providers (MSPs). The software helps customers backup Microsoft 365 environments. Veeam supports on-premises and cloud storage, including Amazon S3, Azure Blob and IBM Cloud.
The sixth version of Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 was recently made available. The release includes a self-service portal and a new tool for backups in low-cost cloud environments.
In addition to functionality, Veeam changed the product’s name. Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 used to be called Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. ‘Office’ is left out in the new release because Microsoft Office 365 is now dubbed Microsoft 365.
Self-service portal and backup copy
In terms of functionality, Veeam introduced a new self-service portal. The web environment allows end users to restore data on their own. Administrators no longer need to step in when an employee accidentally deletes data.
Second, the release includes ‘backup copy’, a series of features that help copy backups to low-cost storage services like Azure Archive, Amazon Glacier and Glacier Deep Archive. These storage services are suitable for long-term storage. Administrators can configure ‘backup copy’ to automatically copy each backup to a low-cost service, or copy all backups periodically.
Teams Graph API
The preview of the release has been available for a while. Veeam decided to leave a notable preview feature out of the general release. The default configuration of the preview used Teams Graph API to backup Microsoft Teams data. The default configuration of the live release uses Exchange Web Services (EWS) APIs, just like the previous releases.
Veeam considered changing the default configuration because Microsoft wants to phase out EWS APIs for Teams backups over time. Backup providers and their customers will have to adopt the Teams Graph API at some point. However, Veeam decided it was too early to change the default configuration, as the new release still uses EWS APIs. The Teams Graph API is more expensive and complex than EWS APIs.
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