For the IT team, the top priority for data protection was cloud-native capability, so it ruled out Veeam immediately. The team met with Druva and started a proof of concept (POC) that same week. After comparing Druva with SkyKick, it was clear only Druva could handle Thirteen’s data volume and unique SharePoint folder structure (i.e., a single SharePoint folder storing millions of documents).
Another benefit is Druva’s native integration with Microsoft Teams. “Druva is superior to SkyKick by a mile,” said Hassan Bahrani, Thirteen’s Head of IT. “SkyKick didn’t integrate with Teams out of the box. It backs up groups and distribution lists, whereas Druva backs up actual Teams and SharePoint sites, and everything in Microsoft 365.”
Another differentiator is that Druva is built on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This was key for Hassan and the team because it enabled them to achieve complete separation between Microsoft 365 data on Microsoft Azure and its backups.
Furthermore, with Druva, backups cut ties with original data, protecting against corruption if a security breach occurs. Additionally, Thirteen, not Druva, manages the keys to encryption for data at rest, giving the organization complete control and privacy.
While Druva’s features are important, Hassan was equally impressed with its support. “When we reached out to Druva, we received amazing expert advice,” Hassan said. “They quickly fixed any issues, and always well within our service level agreement (SLA).”