Gartner Research

Adopt Microsoft Office 365 Backup for Damage Control and Fast Recovery After Malicious Attacks

Published: 26 May 2017

ID: G00322135

Analyst(s): Garth Landers , Pushan Rinnen


Microsoft O365 offers robust disaster recovery, but limited native backup and recovery. I&O leaders using or evaluating O365 should consider investing in third-party backup and recovery tools for faster, more-flexible recovery options, as well as reputation damage control after a malicious attack.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is Missing in O365 Native Recovery Capabilities?
    • Exchange Online Recovery Limitations
    • OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online Recovery Limitations
  • Deploying Third-Party Backup Tools for Fast, Flexible Recovery and Damage Control
  • Heavily Regulated and Litigated Organizations Should Adopt a Third-Party Email Archiving Tool to Also Gain DR for Exchange Online
    • Putting Email Continuity in Perspective
    • Evaluating Vendors' Continuity Life Cycle Processes

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