Why Backing up my SharePoint on Office 365 just became more IMPORTANT!
This last week I received my email from Microsoft about the update to wave 15 of Office 365 for our SharePointEduTech tenancy which you can see the text below:-
“The Office 365 team is preparing to upgrade your Office 365 service in 2013. The upgrade brings you fantastic new features and capabilities, including broader support for mobile phones and tablets, a unified experience in the browser, social networking and more.
What to expect during the service upgrade
Leave the work to us. Your users will have access to all their data – such as emails, calendar and documents – throughout the service upgrade, and there is nothing you are required to do to prepare (we’ll contact you in the unlikely event that you need to take action). You will even have a chance for a small group of users to try out the email, instant messaging and conferencing upgrades a few weeks before everyone else in your organisation.”
But why would I be concerned about my SharePoint site? After all it does not mention even in the upgrade centre about loss of data! But for me I would rather be safe than sorry, I am sure that nothing will go wrong but after all I have spent the last 18 months putting my files into SharePoint on Office 365 so an element of caution is a good thing in my humble opinion. The upgrade process has already started as you can see from the image below my Office 365 admin site is now the new version even if it does say “Office 365 preview”
So how am I going to ensure that all our SharePoint data is safe?
Well as you probably know by now I have been a great supporter and using MetaVis for two years now, and the Office 365 backup offered by this product is second to none in my opinion. So I will be doing a weekly full backup and incremental backups every day. After all as I always say to others “How much is your data worth? Well nothing until you lose it!” so I personally would rather be backing up, than lose any data.