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What are 5 top Microsoft 365 backup considerations?

With Office 365 becoming Microsoft 365, administrators are wondering what this evolution changes regarding their data protection needs.

As it stands right now, not much has changed from a backup and recovery standpoint. The tools and best practices used for backing up Office 365 are still valid for Microsoft 365 backup.

So, what are some of those best practices? No. 1 is to simply make sure that you are backing up 365. Microsoft only provides infrastructure-level protection for 365. It is up to you to make sure that your data is protected. It’s a similar story with other popular software-as-a-service applications — you must back up your data and not rely on the SaaS providers.

While Microsoft presumably takes steps to prevent data loss related to a catastrophic failure within its data center, the company doesn’t protect you from data loss related to the accidental deletion or overwriting of your data. Therefore, it’s up to you to make sure that you have Microsoft 365 backup.

Periodically check that your backup tools can back up all the required Microsoft 365 data. Early on, a lot of the Office 365 backup products focused solely on Exchange Server, with some also supporting SharePoint. However, there are other data sources that need protection, such as OneDrive and Azure Active Directory.

Choose a Microsoft 365 backup product that will enable you to recover data at a granular level. At a minimum, you need to be able to restore individual files, email messages and SharePoint sites. You shouldn’t have to restore an entire Exchange mailbox just to recover a single message.

Your Microsoft 365 backup product should enable you to restore your data to a location of your choosing. In most cases, you will probably be restoring data back to the Microsoft 365 cloud. Certain circumstances may require you to restore to a different Microsoft 365 subscription, or perhaps even to a server that is running on premises.

Finally, backup and restore operations are often tightly intertwined with an organization’s compliance initiatives. Make sure that your backup software meets the required service-level agreements and that it provides the level of reporting needed to satisfy compliance auditors.

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Gartner forecasts near 20% growth for public cloud services

New research from Gartner adds to what’s becoming a consensus view regarding the COVID-19 economy: The cloud offers the greatest near-term growth potential for IT providers.

The market research firm is forecasting an 8% year-over-year drop in worldwide IT spending in 2020. Public cloud services, however, are on track to grow 19% this year, according to Gartner’s projections. Cloud-based conferencing will experience 24.3% growth, while cloud-based telephony and messaging will grow at 8.9% clip, the company reported.

The anticipated expansion of public cloud services and cloud communications stands to benefit channel partners invested in those areas. Managed public cloud services have become an important offering among partners. On the cloud communications front, IT services providers are helping clients deploy Microsoft Teams, RingCentral and Zoom, among other products, to support remote work.

Cloud consultancies have expressed confidence in continued cloud demand during the pandemic, with companies making strategic acquisitions and launching new services.

Factors driving cloud growth

The rise in remote working, an immediate response to the pandemic, drives near-term demand for public cloud services and cloud communications, according to Gartner’s projections. Other factors contribute to cloud demand, however.

The effects of COVID-19 on enterprise IT practices.
The effects of COVID-19 on enterprise IT practices.

John-David Lovelock, distinguished research vice president at Gartner, predicts a likely shortage of servers and data center equipment later in the year. Physical IT resources could become harder to find in late 2020 due to lags in the supply chain, a drop in semiconductor production, tariffs and borders between trading partners remaining closed. Cloud services would provide an alternative for customers in need of compute capacity.

Over the longer term, Lovelock said he anticipates an acceleration of cloud spending as companies seek to retool their business approaches in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The cloud spending levels Gartner had been expecting to appear in 2023 and 2024 could start appearing in 2022. “It’s bringing the future forward,” Lovelock said, noting that digital business will be further along in 2020 than it would have been without pandemic-influenced spending.

Lovelock likened the pandemic-driven economic crisis to the Great Recession, when businesses needed to change direction to get out of the downturn. As companies exit the lockdown phase of the pandemic, they will similarly need to change how they do business. With limited cash to do so, they will look to the cloud, Lovelock said.

Cloud forecasts

Gartner’s projections are in line with other market watchers.

Forrester cited cloud infrastructure services as one of the few bright spots in its tech spending forecast, which projects a 5% to 9% decline in 2020. Statista, meanwhile, cited the cloud as propelling the growth of the infrastructure sector, which it forecasts to expand at 3.8% rate in 2020.

“Thanks to cloud, currently the infrastructure market is the only segment in the global IT industry to still show growth in 2020,” Statista noted in its forecast.

Other news

  • Maven Wave, an Atos company based in Chicago, said it is the first Google Cloud partner to roll out a partnership with Snowflake’s cloud data platform. Snowflake in February kicked off its general availability on Google Cloud.
  • Digital Defense Inc., a cybersecurity company in San Antonio, said it is working with managed service providers to offer healthcare organizations free ransomware assessments, collectively valued at $1 million. Healthcare organizations new to Digital Defense can sign up for the free assessments over the next 60 days. Digital Defense said it is offering the assessments on a first-come-first-served basis or until the $1 million offer is exhausted, whichever comes first.
  • An insurance industry study from DXC Technology, an IT services company based in Tysons, Va., suggests changes in consumer expectations are opening opportunities for insurers to “adopt and strategically deploy digital technologies.” Among other findings, the survey of more than 2,000 U.S. consumers revealed that 87% of the respondents would feel comfortable sharing personal and lifestyle-focused data in order to obtain lower insurance premiums.
  • 2nd Watch, a professional services and managed cloud company based in Seattle, has launched a cloud disaster recovery service. The service uses the AWS cloud platform as the recovery site.
  • Managed services industry association MSPAlliance has teamed up with cybersecurity vendor PC Matic to launch an MSP security awareness program. The program aims to promote security best practices and the adoption of security technologies among MSPs, the companies said. After an MSP demonstrates cyber risk protection practices, the MSP can achieve the MSPAlliance’s Cyber Verify assurance ratings.
  • Softchoice, an MSP and technology solutions provider based in Toronto, said it has obtained the VMware Cloud on AWS Master Services Competency.
  • Peak-Ryzex, a Columbia, Md., solutions provider focusing on the digital supply chains and mobile workforces, unveiled a partnership with FarEye, a predictive logistics platform.
  • D&H Distributing added Vade Secure, a predictive email defense software vendor, to its Cloud Marketplace. The latter company provides Vade Secure for Microsoft 365.
  • Cloud distributor Pax8 said it is offering StorageCraft’s ShadowXafe and OneXafe Solo.
  • Distributor Synnex Corp. will offer Bitdefender’s Cloud Security for MSP product suite on the Synnex Stellr Marketplace. Cloud Security for MSP provides email security, endpoint detection and response, and patch management among other security technologies.
  • Liongard, which offers an automation platform for MSPs, closed a $17 million funding round. The latest round brings Liongard’s total funding over the last three years to nearly $23 million, according to the company.
  • Gtmhub, a strategy execution management software vendor, launched a channel partner program. The company said the program will be led by vice president of business development David Stadulis. Stadulis joined Gtmhub in February from Atlassian, where he was a global alliances manager.
  • Onapsis, a Boston company that specializes in mission-critical application cybersecurity and compliance, expanded its Business Risk Illustration assessments to include operational resiliency, audit efficiency and cyber risk assessments. The company is offering the complimentary assessments to system integrators, managed security service providers, technology alliances and VAR partners.
  • Hyper-converged infrastructure vendor Nutanix promoted Christian Alvarez to senior vice president of worldwide channels. Alvarez joined Nutanix in September 2019 as its vice president of Americas channel sales.

Market Share is a news roundup published every Friday.

Additional reporting by Spencer Smith.

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Cornell researchers call for AI transparency in automated hiring

Cornell University is becoming a hotbed of warning about automated hiring systems. In two separate papers, researchers have given the systems considerable scrutiny. Both papers cite problems with AI transparency, or the ability to explain how an AI system reaches a conclusion.

Vendors are selling automated hiring systems partly as a remedy to human bias. But they also argue they can speed up the hiring process and select applicants who will make good employees.

Manish Raghavan, a computer science doctoral student at Cornell who led the most recent study, questions vendors’ claims. If AI is doing a better job than hiring managers, “how do we know that’s the case or when will we know that that’s the case?” he said.

A major thrust of the research is the need for AI transparency. That’s not only needed for the buyers of automated hiring systems, but for job applicants as well.

At Cornell, Raghavan knows students who take AI-enabled tests as part of a job application. “One common complaint that I’ve heard is that it just viscerally feels upsetting to have to perform for a robot,” he said.

Manish Raghavan, a doctoral student in computer science at Cornell UniversityManish Raghavan

A job applicant may have to install an app to film a video interview, play a game that may measure cognitive ability or take a psychometric test that can be used to measure intelligence and personality.

“This sort of feels like they’re forcing you [the job applicant] to invest extra effort, but they’re actually investing less effort into you,” Raghavan said. Rejected applicants won’t know why they were rejected, the standards used to measure their performance, or how they can improve, he said.

Nascent research, lack of regulation

The paper, “Mitigating Bias in Algorithmic Employment Screening: Evaluating Claims and Practices,” is the work of a multidisciplinary team of computer scientists, as well as those with legal and sociological expertise. It argues that HR vendors are not providing insights into automated hiring systems.

One common complaint that I’ve heard is that it just viscerally feels upsetting to have to perform for a robot.
Manish RaghavanDoctoral student in computer science, AI researcher, Cornell University

The researchers looked at the public claims of nearly 20 vendors that sell these systems. Many are startups, although some have been around for more than a decade. They argue that vendors are taking nascent research and translating it into practice “at sort of breakneck pace,” Raghavan said. They’re able to do so because of a lack of regulation.

Vendors can produce data from automated hiring systems that shows how their systems perform in helping achieve diversity, Raghavan said. “Their diversity numbers are quite good,” but they can cherry-pick what data they release, he said. Nonetheless, “it also feels like there is some value being added here, and their clients seem fairly happy with the results.”

But there are two levels of transparency that Raghavan would like to see improve. First, he suggested vendors release internal studies that show the validity of their assessments. The data should include how often vendors are running into issues of disparate impact, which refers to a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission formula for determining if hiring is having a discriminatory impact on a protected group.

A second step for AI transparency involves having third-party independent researchers do some of their own analysis.

Vendors argue that AI systems do a better job than humans in reducing bias. But researchers see a risk that they could embed certain biases against a group of people that won’t be easily discovered unless there’s an understanding for how these systems work.

One problem often cited is that an AI-enabled system can help improve diversity but still discriminate against certain groups or people. New York University researchers recently noted that most of the AI code today is being written by young white males, who many encode their biases.

Ask about the ‘magic fairy dust’

Ben Eubanks, principal analyst at Lighthouse Research & Advisory, believes the Cornell paper should be on every HR manager’s reading list, “not necessarily because it should scare them away but because it should encourage them to ask more questions about the magic fairy dust behind some technology claims.”

“Hiring is and has always been full of bias,” said Eubanks, who studies AI use in HR. “Algorithms are subject to some of those same constraints, but they can also offer ways to mitigate some of the very real human bias in the process.”

But the motivation for employers may be different, Eubanks said.

“Employers adopting these technologies may be more concerned initially with the outcomes — be it faster hiring, cheaper hiring, or longer retention rates — than about the algorithm actually preventing or mitigating bias,” Eubanks said. That’s what HR managers will likely be rewarded on.

In a separate paper, Ifeoma Ajunwa, assistant professor of labor relations, law and history at Cornell University, argued for independent audits and compulsory data retention in her recently published “Automated Employment Discrimination.”

Ajunwa’s paper raises problems with automated hiring, including systems that “discreetly eliminate applicants from protected categories without retaining a record.” 

AI transparency adds confidence

Still, in an interview, Cornell’s Raghavan was even-handed about using AI and didn’t warn users away from automated hiring systems. He can see use cases but believes there is good reason for caution.

“I think what we can agree on is that the more transparency there is, the easier it will be for us to determine when is or is not the right time or the right place to be using these systems,” Raghavan said.

“A lot of these companies and vendors seem well-intentioned — they think what they’re doing is actually very good for the world,” he said. “It’s in their interest to have people be confident in their practices.”

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For Sale – NUC8I3BEK 240gb NVME, 2x4GB RAM

Baby on the way so starting to clear my gadget empire as it’s becoming serious obsession.

Fantastic condition and full working order. Original boxes, vesa mount etc etc etc

NUC8I3BEK with PSU, bios up to date. Still has protective film on it. Warranty until Feb 2022
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For Sale – NUC8I3BEK 240gb NVME, 2x4GB RAM

Baby on the way so starting to clear my gadget empire as it’s becoming serious obsession.

Fantastic condition and full working order. Original boxes, vesa mount etc etc etc

NUC8I3BEK with PSU, bios up to date. Still has protective film on it. Warranty until Feb 2022
Adata SX8200 M.2 NVME 240gb, warranty until Aug 2023
2x4gb 2400mhz Ram,HyperX, this is faster CL14 RAM, lifetime warranty
Windows 10 PRO, not activated but it works just as fine

Thanks for looking, any questions please let me know.

Price and currency: 290
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For Sale – NUC8I3BEK 240gb NVME, 2x4GB RAM

Baby on the way so starting to clear my gadget empire as it’s becoming serious obsession.

Fantastic condition and full working order. Original boxes, vesa mount etc etc etc

NUC8I3BEK with PSU, bios up to date. Still has protective film on it. Warranty until Feb 2022
Adata SX8200 M.2 NVME 240gb, warranty until Aug 2023
2x4gb 2400mhz Ram,HyperX, this is faster CL14 RAM, lifetime warranty
Windows 10 PRO, not activated but it works just as fine

Thanks for looking, any questions please let me know.

Price and currency: 290
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For Sale – NUC8I3BEK 240gb NVME, 2x4GB RAM

Baby on the way so starting to clear my gadget empire as it’s becoming serious obsession.

Fantastic condition and full working order. Original boxes, vesa mount etc etc etc

NUC8I3BEK with PSU, bios up to date. Still has protective film on it. Warranty until Feb 2022
Adata SX8200 M.2 NVME 240gb, warranty until Aug 2023
2x4gb 2400mhz Ram,HyperX, this is faster CL14 RAM, lifetime warranty
Windows 10 PRO, not activated but it works just as fine

Thanks for looking, any questions please let me know.

Price and currency: 290
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For Sale – NUC8I3BEK 240gb NVME, 2x4GB RAM

Baby on the way so starting to clear my gadget empire as it’s becoming serious obsession.

Fantastic condition and full working order. Original boxes, vesa mount etc etc etc

NUC8I3BEK with PSU, bios up to date. Still has protective film on it. Warranty until Feb 2022
Adata SX8200 M.2 NVME 240gb, warranty until Aug 2023
2x4gb 2400mhz Ram,HyperX, this is faster CL14 RAM, lifetime warranty
Windows 10 PRO, not activated but it works just as fine

Thanks for looking, any questions please let me know.

Price and currency: 290
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For Sale – NUC 8i3BEK 240gb 8gb & Deskmini110 275gb 8gb

Baby on the way so starting to clear my gadget empire as it’s becoming serious obsession.
Very light usage as doing most of my browsing on phone these days and vero 4k in charge of media.
Fantastic condition and full working order. Original boxes, etc etc etc

At the moment I am looking to sell only one and have no preference as very happy with both.

NUC8I3BEK with PSU, bios up to date. Warranty until Feb 2022
Adata SX8200 M.2 NVME 240gb, warranty until Aug 2023
2x4gb 2400mhz Ram, matched sticks for dual channel

Deskmini 110 with PSU, bios up to date.
Intel I3 7320 4.1Ghz, Warranty until Aug 2020
Crucial MX300 275gb SSD, Warranty until Sep 2020
2x4gb 2400mhz Ram, matched sticks for dual channel
Intel AC 7265 wireless card with external antennas
VESA mount

Both come with Windows 10 PRO, fresh with all drivers installed.
Please note, windows is not activated, but you can purchase activation key should you wish.

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Price and currency: 280 & 220
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For Sale – NUC 8i3BEK 240gb 8gb & Deskmini110 275gb 8gb

Baby on the way so starting to clear my gadget empire as it’s becoming serious obsession.
Very light usage as doing most of my browsing on phone these days and vero 4k in charge of media.
Fantastic condition and full working order. Original boxes, etc etc etc

At the moment I am looking to sell only one and have no preference as very happy with both.

NUC8I3BEK with PSU, bios up to date. Warranty until Feb 2022
Adata SX8200 M.2 NVME 240gb, warranty until Aug 2023
2x4gb 2400mhz Ram, matched sticks for dual channel

Deskmini 110 with PSU, bios up to date.
Intel I3 7320 4.1Ghz, Warranty until Aug 2020
Crucial MX300 275gb SSD, Warranty until Sep 2020
2x4gb 2400mhz Ram, matched sticks for dual channel
Intel AC 7265 wireless card with external antennas
VESA mount

Both come with Windows 10 PRO, fresh with all drivers installed.
Please note, windows is not activated, but you can purchase activation key should you wish.

Thanks for looking, any questions please let me know.

Price and currency: 300 & 240
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bacs/Cash
Location: London
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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