How Barracuda Essentials enhances Microsoft Office 365

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Barracuda Networks recently rolled out a complimentary product for Microsoft’s Office 365 licensing, called Barracuda Essentials for Office 365. As a Microsoft Cloud Partner as well as a Barracuda Partner, we were very excited to learn more about this offering and position it to our customer base. Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 provides multi-layer security for email threat protection, archiving for compliance, and backup and recovery for Office 365 SKUs.

So before we delve into the nitty-gritty of what is included with Barracuda Essentials for Office 365, it’s important to understand the distinction between what Microsoft includes with Office 365 and how Barracuda compliments Office 365 with the Essentials package. A quick check on the Microsoft Office 365 website confirms that specific SKUs do include Exchange Online Protection and Compliance Center. However, according to Barracuda, “many companies that have significant volume of email realize email security included with Office 365 can be hard to manage and lacks granular controls.” (Barracuda Networks, 2016) Additionally, Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 adds “important email retention, archiving and eDiscovery capabilities. Many companies find email preservation in Office 365 is basic and doesn’t meet the needs of organizations facing any type of regulations or legal challenges.” (Barracuda Networks, 2016)

Lastly, Barracuda points out, “it is never prudent to keep all of your emails in a single database with no backup or disaster recovery plan. Unfortunately, companies often realize too late that data can be lost due to user errors, corrupted file attachments and other problems outside the Microsoft cloud. Barracuda Essentials provides cloud-to-cloud backup of your emails and files to the Barracuda Cloud, OneDrive for Business or even to an on-premises server.” (Barracuda Networks, 2016)

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