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Tackling the challenge of migrating to Office 365 in a hybrid environment

[Johannesburg, 24 April 2014] - Many organisations are examining the possibility of moving to Microsoft Office 365 in an effort to harness the benefits of cloud productivity and reduced costs. Microsoft Office 365, a cloud-based hosted messaging and collaboration solution, is one of the main draw cards for organisations when it comes to making this move. However, migrating to messaging on-line with Office 365 from on-site Exchange or other messaging platforms has typically been a challenging task, and one which could cause costly disruptions in services to the business should the migration be badly managed or unsuccessful.

This is made only more complex when migrating to Exchange Online, or to a hybrid environment which uses a combination of both cloud and on-premise messaging, scenarios that are becoming more and more popular with larger organisations.

Microsoft Exchange Online is a hosted messaging solution that delivers the capabilities of Microsoft Exchange Server as a cloud-based service. It integrates fully with Active Directory and gives users single sign-on access to email, calendar, contacts, and tasks from PCs, the web, and mobile devices. It enables administrators to use group policies, as well as other administration tools, to manage Exchange Online features across their environment. Organisations that subscribe to Exchange Online retain control over the messaging services they offer to users, but they do not have the operational burden of on-premise server software. Email is hosted on servers that support multiple customers simultaneously. These servers are housed in Microsoft data centres and are accessible to users on a wide range of devices from inside a corporate network or over the Internet, enabling mobility with regard to access to messaging services.
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Last updated : 24 April 2014

 
 
 
 

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