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The Cost of Microsoft 365 Data Protection

The Cost of Microsoft 365 Data Protection

Published by: Research Desk Released: Sep 21, 2021

Organizations are adopting solutions like Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) to reduce administrative burden, simplify management, and gain access to rapidly evolving products and services. Microsoft 365 now has more than 258M monthly active users (MAU), a 4x increase in four years. While the adoption of software as a service (SaaS) has been a tremendous advantage to the productivity of organizations, it is not a panacea. As with on-premises solutions, Microsoft 365 apps like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Teams (which is a purely cloud app) still require added functionality from third-party vendors to provide features like data protection and robust data loss prevention. Moreover, many applications within Microsoft 365 are designed for general use cases and lack industry-specific features, forcing many organizations to look for third-party solutions to meet their business and technical requirements. For example, limitations in the eDiscovery features offered by Microsoft 365 may mean a customer will need to find a third-party solution that enhances or replaces the native eDiscovery functionality.