Promising a fast, secure and flexible way to keep a local backup and restore a cloud-based implementation of SharePoint  items, documents, lists, libraries and sites, Philadelphia-based MetaVis, the SharePoint cloud solution provider, announced "SavePoint" SaaS (software as a service) technology that offers agentless SharePoint backup and archiving for Office 365. The backup service also extends to often overlooked metadata from a local drive, with a price point starting at under $500 and free-trial download available from the company.

Backup of Cloud Data a Growing Trend

Keeping a backup of cloud-based content is a growing trend in the market, according to senior analyst Kathleen Reidy of 451 Research, who said, "Most organizations need the ability to back up and access archived content with minimal business interruption -- and this includes content that lives in the cloud, though this is an emerging use case. The ability to have a local copy of SharePoint data from Office 365 to ensure uninterrupted access and enable recovery beyond Microsoft's retention periods could fill an interesting gap in the market.”

Other examples include the recent Spanning 3.0 cloud backup solution that actually uses a cloud-based system (Amazon) to back up Google Docs.


MetaViz SavePoint for SharePoint Office 365

SavePoint's Top Features 

To back up and restore SharePoint Content, users create “SavePoints” of SharePoint content to local and cloud-based storage.  The company said this ensures quick access to content in the event of a host interruption.  Data retrieval includes individual document restoration without the need of lengthy rebuilds of the entire environment.

Archive includes copying SharePoint content to a file system based on specific search criteria. This includes:

  • metadata
  • version
  • author
  • retention information

The company said one advantage of archive content, is it frees storage space, as "...archived content can be deleted from SharePoint freeing up space, enhancing system performance and improving search results." 

On the restore side, MetaVis allows item-level restore for archived or backed-up content, including deleted or long lost content without rolling back the whole SharePoint site. This makes it ideal for individual departments or sites, the company said.