Office 365 Backup in Microsoft Azure Available for Free to Students

The Metallic SaaS data protection offering from Commvault makes it easier for educational institutions to safeguard faculty and student data from deletion, loss, and ransomware.

TINTON FALLS, N.J.—March 24, 2021—Commvault (NASDAQ: CVLT), a global enterprise software leader in the management of data across cloud and on-premises environments, today announced the availability of a new solution for schools and universities that can harness the many benefits of Microsoft Azure cloud platform adoption, while protecting faculty and student Microsoft 365 data via the enterprise-grade, backup-as-a-service (BaaS) functions of the award-winning Metallic™ software-as-a-service (SaaS) portfolio.

Educational institutions manage and protect vast amounts of data. They can now purchase Metallic™ Office 365 Backup in a licensing model that aligns with the purchasing process of Microsoft 365. For each Metallic™ for Office 365 Backup faculty license purchased, educational organizations will receive four student licenses free of charge. The Metallic student licenses also remain free for the lifetime of the faculty member’s subscription, and the offer is applicable for grades K-12, in addition to higher education institutions.

“Educational institutions are stretched to do more with less—this year especially. Yet they face increasing risks from data loss, breaches, and ransomware due to the shift to remote operations, an increased reliance on data, and the need to trim costs. They need to protect and manage an increasing number of devices and accounts,” said Manoj Nair, General Manager, Metallic. “Schools do not necessarily have a blueprint for how to easily and cost-effectively protect their data in a secure, scalable way—especially within applications like Microsoft 365. Much like Metallic did last year with our free Endpoint Backup offer for laptop and desktop data, we want this new offer to help alleviate the strain they are already under as they pivot their IT operations to face current realities.”

Built leveraging Azure Storage, Metallic’s BaaS protection for Microsoft 365 enables IT pros in academia to quickly start protecting faculty and students’ devices without physical interaction or downtime and store those backups on the scalable, secure and resilient Azure Blob storage platform. The Metallic solution, paired with Azure, can be up and running in minutes, and it provides sophisticated, secure, enterprise-grade technology that can quickly scale—without impacting students, teachers, or administrators. It delivers coverage across Microsoft Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Project, and Teams to help ensure that valuable Microsoft 365 data is protected and recoverable from deletion or attack. In addition, the Metallic solution’s silent installs and backups normally require no action from end users. Data is protected without affecting teacher, staff, or student productivity.

“Commvault is supporting educational institutions by safeguarding Microsoft 365 data from deletion, corruption, ransomware, and attack,” said Jamie Harper, Vice President, U.S. Education, Microsoft. “With federal laws like the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that protect the privacy of student educational records, it’s more important than ever that data is securely protected, especially as cloud technology becomes integral to the learning process in this new normal. Through this offer, the power of Commvault, Metallic, and Microsoft can be harnessed to provide the education sector with the confidence that its data is reliably protected, secure, and easy to recover.”

Metallic’s new education license is available in more than 23 countries globally and wherever Metallic can be purchased. Learn more about Metallic’s cloud-native data protection solutions and the new Metallic™ Office 365 Backup offer for educational institutions here.

About Metallic™

Metallic™, A Commvault venture, was established to bring next-generation software-as-a-service (SaaS) data protection to the market, delivering Commvault’s powerful core technology simply through the cloud. Together with its partners, Metallic offers a growing portfolio of SaaS backup and recovery solutions to help today’s companies keep their data protected, compliant, and safe from deletion, corruption, and attack. Metallic, which operates as a division of Commvault, can be found here.

About Commvault

Commvault is a worldwide leader in delivering data readiness, enabling customers to intelligently manage data with solutions that store, protect, optimize, and use data. Commvault software automates mind-numbing IT tasks and makes data work harder for customers—so they can gain invaluable insights for their businesses. Commvault solutions work across cloud and on-premises environments, leveraging the digital tools and procedures already in use. Commvault software, solutions, and services are available from the company and through a global ecosystem of trusted partners. Commvault employs 2,300 highly skilled individuals across markets worldwide, is publicly traded on NASDAQ (CVLT), and is headquartered in Tinton Falls, N.J., in the United States. Visit or follow us at @Commvault.

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