Office 365 is taking off in a big way with small and medium-sized businesses. According to Microsoft, 50,000 SMBs sign up for the cloud service every month. That’s significant, and based on the conversations I’ve had with our IT channel partners, I know it’s having an impact on MSPs as more and more of their customers make the switch.
That’s why we’re so excited to introduce our newest MSP-optimized offering: Barracuda Essentials for Office 365. The service enhances Office 365’s built-in features with added email security, archiving, and backup, helping MSPs secure and protect their customers’ Exchange emails and OneDrive for Business files.
The way I see it, there are three key ways this new solution will help you provide more holistic protection to your customers.
1. Email Security and Advanced Threat Protection
Email-borne threats are serious concerns for businesses of all sizes, and Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 provides a cost-effective way for MSPs to proactively protect customers from:
- Zero-day vulnerabilities
- Denial of Service (DoS) attacks
That’s not all. Advanced Threat Protection adds another layer of security by scanning email attachments and comparing them against a cryptographic hash database. Emails found to contain malicious content are quarantined, and administrators and users can be notified.
2. Cloud-to-cloud backup
User error still happens in the cloud. In fact, the No. 1 cause of data loss in a Software-as-a-Service deployment like Office 365 is accidental deletion. That’s why backup and data protection are just as important for SMBs using Office 365, but unfortunately Microsoft provides only limited data retention.
Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 allows you to safeguard customers’ data with automated backups, customizable scheduling and retention, centralized management, and quick and easy restoration. There are even mobile applications that make it possible to administer backups from almost anywhere. That makes it easier for you to keep your customers’ data safe.
3. Archiving for compliance and eDiscovery
For customers in highly regulated industries, switching to Office 365 can be a challenge due to compliance requirements. Barracuda Essentials helps you address this concern by using journaling and SMTP to capture and secure all email when it is sent and received. This ensures an accurate archive, and it’s easily searchable, which creates a better user experience and makes facilitating eDiscovery requests simpler as well.
Together, these capabilities will help you address the growing demand from SMBs for Office 365 support. And, if you combine them with the other data protection solutions available from Intronis, you can easily offer your customers the benefits of a more holistic approach by protecting their data both proactively and reactively.
I like to compare it to buying both a security system and insurance for your house. You get the security system to keep criminals from breaking in, but if something bad does happen, you have the insurance to help you recover.
With the addition of Barracuda Essentials for Office 365, now Intronis can help you offer that same level of protection to customers’ business-critical data, using email security to defend against threats and backup to help them recover if disaster does strike. That’s why we’re so excited to introduce Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 to our MSP partners, making it possible for you to get both security and data protection from one single-source IT channel provider.