If you haven’t figured out already, Microsoft Teams uses existing O365 applications in the background to provide mail, chat, and file management functionality.   But where exactly is the data stored?   We recently had a prospective client ask this exact question.  Their concern was driven by the need to meet content governance compliance rules in their industry.  They wanted to use the capabilities of O365 Security and Compliance, but first, they needed to understand where the data is stored.

Teams uses a variety of O365 features.  These include:

  • Groups – provides the user access across multiple O365 services
  • Exchange – provides the email address for the team and calendar functions
  • Skype – provides the persistent chat features
  • SharePoint – provides file management and web page features

Depending on the specific collaboration, Teams distributes content across O365 services.  Below is a diagram of where different types of content are stored. Microsoft Teams Data Map

This data was accumulated from our own testing and the following Microsoft resources:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/teams-overview

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/security-compliance-overview

If you would like to learn more or need help with either Teams or features in O365, send us an email at info@peters.com.  We are happy to help!