Why you need to up your backup game in 2019

Cape Town, 17 Jan 2019
Read time 2min 50sec

Today, most organisations have a strategy in place to backup their business information. What's yours? And are you backing up regularly enough?

Not only can data loss cost companies a lot of money, new data management and protection legislation demands that businesses make backups a priority.

Office 365 backup for SharePoint and OneDrive is a great start, but customers often have a requirement for more workloads to be backed up online, explains NBConsult's Group CEO, Nicolas Blank. "The reality is that a backup is only of value, whether it's on-premises or online, if you can restore it," he says.

What does this mean?

Well, any backup process or tool should be requirements driven, says Nicolas. For example, do you need to restore a message, a folder with all of its sub-folders and items, or even an entire mailbox? Backup and restore is all about context and the need to restore what's needed in the context of the restore.

"I find it incredibly exciting to watch how businesses are taking advantage of Microsoft cloud technologies, allowing for an increase in productivity across their user base," notes Warren Marks, enterprise sales executive at AvePoint. Microsoft Office 365 offers 99.9% platform uptime. This is an attractive proposition for business looking to embrace these solutions within their day-to-day operations, he adds. But, what about the digital data that resides on these platforms? Backup and recovery of digital data is certainly nothing new when it comes to on-premises technologies, but businesses commonly overlook backups when it comes to cloud.

Most backup methodologies are non-cloud native, which means customers are using on-premises methods instead of taking advantage of cloud scalability for their backups. "This is where a cloud-to-cloud backup solution like AvePoint really shines," says Nicolas, allowing businesses to protect their Office 365 content, no matter where it lives.

Customers trust Microsoft to host their data online, but they also need some sort of assurance that they can restore or rollback any of their data, irrespective of whether it's hosted in Exchange, SharePoint File data, Microsoft Teams, or any other Office 365 product. AvePoint offers that assurance, he adds. One of the fundamental differences between what Microsoft O365 offers natively around backup and the use of a third-party vendor is backup and recovery windows. While Microsoft does allow you to recover information for 30 days, it can take up to two weeks to recover. With a third-party solution, recovery happens in minutes.

The key benefits of this comprehensive backup include the ability to recover in a matter of minutes, with unlimited automated backup subscriptions and secure storage, offering customers the flexibility and protection they need. NBConsult and AvePoint are partnering to help clients to oversee and safeguard their entire data and IT infrastructure and to ensure their backups are worry-free.

If you'd like to learn more about AvePoint or find out how NBConsult can help you with your governance and compliance requirements, simply contact the company on the details below.


Established in 2007, NBConsult is a South African consulting company. Keen to help customers achieve their true potential and find the right tools and solutions to enable their businesses, NBConsult specialises in everything from managed infrastructure services and cloud to digital workspace support and outsourced IT services.

The NBConsult Group is made up of four entities: an IT services and solutions company; a connectivity and network provider; a software development company; and NBConsult's most recent endeavour, a full design agency. Under each of these umbrellas, the company creates unique solutions to help its clients make more strategic decisions and meet their business goals.

Find more information about NBConsult, visit www.nbconsult.co.


AvePoint was founded in 2001 and is privately held and headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey. Over 16 000 customers and six million cloud users worldwide trust AvePoint to migrate, manage, and protect their cloud, on-premises, and hybrid environments. A four-time Microsoft Partner of the Year, AvePoint is a Microsoft Global ISV Partner and has been named to the Inc. 500|5000 six times and the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 five times.

For more information about AvePoint, visit www.avepoint.com.

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