Business leaders and even IT staff sometimes struggle with articulating the difference between backup and archival, and often conflate their operational use. The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast how these services work to support a Microsoft 365 environment and the
specific problems they address. This can help organizations more effectively map their business and technical requirements to backup and archiving, and have a better understanding of how these services should be used together for maximum protection of operational data and
ultimately, the business.
This guide is written for small and medium business owners who want to figure out the best way to keep their companies safe. It is primarily aimed at the Director of IT, your head of technology, the owner, or anyone else in the company who needs to protect against cyber-attacks.