[AusNOG] [AUSNOG] o365 experience
chad at cpkws.com.au
Wed Jun 20 16:26:03 EST 2018
On 6/19/2018 11:39 AM, ausnog-request at lists.ausnog.net wrote:
> I'd be interested to hear general opinions and lessons learned from o365
> migrations. So far as I've seen, the architecture (network and services) is
> complex, and user experience can never equal local Exchange.
> So much so it leaves me wondering if the effort of migration can be
> justified? At the end of the day, you need a performant service, not finger
> pointing between networks and services, and blaming performance on
> insufficient network/proxy scale out.
This really depends, how many users are we talking about, if you are
talking about migrations with thousands of users on a large corporate
network, then I would suggest using Azure Express Route for Office365
and setting up a direct connection with Microsoft. That way you can
avoid using the public internet altogether and you get prodictable
performance and an SLA, ok this is starting to sound like a sales pitch
now but anyway.
Also Skykick is outstanding as well, it will automate both migrations
and backups so you don't need to worry about anything and its only
available to Microsoft Partners so they don't sell to retail customers.
Using Skykick can also greatly increase your margins which is the main
Also, its not just Exchange, the main thing MS want you to be flogging
to customers is the added extras, such as the full office sweet that you
get with the premium licenses, they also discourage selling the Exchange
Online 1 and two plans, because for an extra few dollars a month you can
sell the Business Essentials Package which comes with the free online
The entire point of O365 is that its a software as a service product so
they don't want you to worry about the network or the servers, though
given this is a networking mailing list and that a lot of you are
dealing with large enterprises you should all have direct connectivity
to Azure and Office365.
Obviously if its a small business client with a handful of users, then
you probably don't need direct connectivity, however for situations ware
your internet link is being saturated then I would recommend it.
Also with Skykick the data is stored within Azure in Sydney or Melbourne
for Au tenants and Skykick creates the Tenants automatically with the
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