What is Office 365?
Office 365 refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications and other productivity services that work over the Internet (cloud services). Office 365 suite of fully installed applications includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access.
Microsoft Office 365 has generated a lot of buzz from both large enterprises and small businesses, with organizations becoming increasingly comfortable with the idea of using the services of the cloud-based platform to increase business productivity at a flexible, calculable cost.
Why Should You Migrate to Office 365?
Office 365 migration from an On-Premise IT environment is a significant step for any organization. Take your business to the cloud and get your hands on an array of novel tools, product updates, and be on the path of new workflows and routines. Re-think productivity with powerful subscriptions of Office 365.
Office 365 Migration Best Practices
- Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) Migration: IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol migration) is a way to move email services from existing non-Exchange email servers to later versions of Microsoft Exchange Server, Exchange Online or Office 365. In this migration, the Exchange admin center or the Exchange Management Shell can be used to migrate the contents of users’ mailboxes from an IMAP messaging system to their Office 365 mailboxes. This includes migrating your mailboxes from other hosted email services, such as Gmail or Yahoo Mail. This migration takes several hours to several days depending on the number of mailboxes, batch sizes and the amount of content in each mailbox. You cannot migrate email messages larger than 35 megabytes and can transfer only up to 500,000 items per mailbox.
- Cutover Migration: Cutover migration is used to migrate all on-premises mailboxes to Office 365 over a few days. This migration is recommended if you plan to move your entire email organization to Office 365 and manage user accounts in Office 365. Using Cutover migration, you can migrate a maximum of 2,000 mailboxes from your on-premises Exchange organization to Office 365, however, the recommended number of mailboxes is 150. If you exceed this number, the performance would suffer. The mail contacts and distribution groups in your on-premises Exchange organization are also migrated. This migration is mainly used in the case of later versions of Exchange email servers. This type of migration is limited to Exchange deployments of 1,000 mailboxes.
- Staged Migration: As part of Office 365 deployment, you can migrate the contents of user mailboxes from a source email system to Office 365. When you do this over time, it’s called a staged migration. You can use a staged migration if you plan to eventually migrate all your organization’s mailboxes to Office 365. Using a staged migration, you migrate batches of on-premises mailboxes to Office 365 over the course of a few weeks or months. A staged (partial) migration is advisable when migration involves a larger number of mailboxes i.e. more than 2,000, or when the process has to be performed incrementally using smaller mailbox groups. It is recommended when your source email system is Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. This migration can’t be used to migrate Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2010 mailboxes to Office 365.
- Hybrid Deployment: A hybrid deployment offers organizations the ability to extend the feature-rich experience and administrative control they have with their existing on-premises Exchange organization to the cloud. A hybrid deployment provides the seamless look and feel of a single Exchange organization between an on-premises Exchange Server 2013 or Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Office 365. In addition, a hybrid deployment can serve as an intermediate step to moving completely to an Office 365 organization.
Why De Facto Infotech makes the best partner for Office 365 Migrations?
De Facto Infotech offers best in class services for the implementation, migration, and upgrade of Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Office 365. Over the years, the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner has helped many businesses streamline sales, optimize resources, mitigate risks, boost ROI and improve overall business performance by implementing or migrating to Dynamics 365 and Office 365.
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