Migration & Hybrid Deployments
Moving to the cloud needs to be planned to be successful. Detailing your companies end goals and timelines will go a long way to ensure a smooth successful migration for both IT and business users. Depending on your companies goals, with Microsoft you have the option to move to Azure, Office 365 or both, each of which will provide different benefits.
For small organisation, Office365 may be the only cloud solution required. It contains a full suite of well-known and new modern products to allow any type of company to leverage cloud services. These services are available anywhere with an internet connection, anytime and from any device. Microsoft are investing heavily in developing apps for both Apple and Android devices which means you don’t even need a Windows PC to take advantage of O365.
For larger organisations, Microsoft Azure may be used to either run previously on-premises servers in the cloud or to access cloud services such as SQL and remote storage for backups.
Microsoft already provides excellent migration guidance to Office 365. Their steps ensure your domain names, users and groups and email is moved to the cloud as effortlessly as possible. Depending on the size of your organisation additional 3rd party tools may be used to further simplify or automate the migration process.
For companies that run Microsoft Active Directory on-premises, the Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect tool (formerly known as the DirSync.exe tool) can synchronise your users and groups to the cloud which can be leveraged in cloud services. This integration with your on-premises service (also called a hybrid deployment) can speed up adoption and increase functionality.
Some of the additional benefits of a hybrid approach allow for single sign-on between the cloud and on-premises systems and the option to gradually migrate content or workloads to the cloud using a staged approach.
If you’d like to discuss your current setup and migration options particular around SharePoint, get in touch.