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Barracuda introduces new backup platform to protect data in Microsoft Office 365

Barracuda has announced the latest version of its Cloud-to-Cloud Backup offering, with a new platform that delivers a fast search and restore experience for Office 365 data, including Teams, Exchange Online, SharePoint, and OneDrive. 

Compared to traditional backup and recovery solutions, a cloud-native solution provides scale and resiliency, fast performance, and wide global coverage to protect Office 365 data born in the cloud, Barracuda says.

 According to an October 2020 Microsoft blog post: "This quarter, Microsoft 365 users around the world generated more than 30 billion collaboration minutes in a single day as people communicated, collaborated, and co-authored content across work, life, and learning. 

This new metric combines both synchronous and asynchronous collaboration and reflects the changing nature of work."

"As the workforce becomes increasingly dispersed, adopting cloud-based apps like Microsoft Teams for productivity and communication is an obvious move," says Tim Jefferson, senior vice president, engineering for data, networks and application security at Barracuda. 

"Protecting Microsoft Office 365 data requires a modern cloud-native approach," he says.

"The new version of Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup is built and runs natively in the cloud, which enables fast set up, simple management, and no maintenance."

Nills Franssens, senior cloud solution architect at Microsoft, adds, "With a cloud-native solution, you get the benefit of scale on your backup, and your solution is fully managed. 

"So unlike with traditional backup solutions, where you have to do capacity management and capacity planning and make sure you have enough storage, a cloud-native solution, like Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup really offers you a managed solution with virtually unlimited capacity to store your data," he says.

Highlights of the new version of Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup include:

  • Scale and resiliency: Cloud-native platform (built and runs in the cloud) across a global range of locations.
  • Fastest performance: Simple management makes it easy to monitor your backups to find and immediately restore what youre looking for. Easy sign up and set up could have customers running first backups in 5 minutes.
  • Ease of use: New fast modern user interface with improved visibility and brand-new dashboard.
  • The latest version of Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup is based on a new, modern cloud-native platform that lays the foundation for:
  • Extending to new data sources such as additional SaaS applications.
  • Integrating with Barracudas security services such as threat protection.
  • Adding data security capabilities such as data classification and data loss prevention.

"Setup and configuration was very simple and intuitive, and Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup is truly a set-it-and-forget-it solution," says Ian Towner, infrastructure services technical lead, City of York Council

"If we add new mailboxes, they get backed up automatically, no action required. That means we are saving money and time too - no need to manage or upgrade, no provisioning of new instances," he says.

"That whole set of tasks is just gone."