Did you know that…
- The annual savings of users who move their apps to the cloud is 21% (business insider)
- Cloud computing is up to 40x more cost-effective for small and mid-sized companies compared to running their own IT systems (Microsoft)
- CIOs will spend 59% more on cloud computing in 2014 (CIO Insight)
Cloud software solutions are a big deal for businesses who are looking to their technology investments to help them be more effective, efficient and productive while keeping costs in check. Microsoft Office 365 is the leading enterprise-class business productivity cloud software and has been around for several years in various iterations. However, there seems to be some confusion about what Office 365 is and is not.
What Office 365 IS...
Office 365 is a suite of software hosted in Microsoft's datacenters. While the components of Office 365 each have a traditional on-premise counterpart, Office 365 is optimized to be served up as scalable, on-demand, measured services that are available over broad network access and make efficient use of pooled resources.
Microsoft has many software options available as services from their datacenters, however there are only 4 that currently make up the Office 365 suite: Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online and Office. You can choose a subscription which includes all or just some of these components, depending on your need.
What Office 365 IS NOT...
Office 365 is not an all or nothing solution. You don't have to move everything to Office 365 and remove all vestiges of Exchange, Lync or SharePoint from your datacenter. You can deploy in a hybrid model with the components of Office 365 interacting with your on premise servers.
If you have Exchange, for example, deployed in your datacenter but you want to add capacity or extend the service to a branch office location without investing in additional infrastructure, you can use Exchange Online to supplement your on premise installation, creating a secure connection between the two systems so that you still have shared calendars, free/busy time and single sign on for end users. Your end users will be none the wiser - all they'll know is that it works.
However you can also use it as a pure public cloud solution. This may be right for you...
...if you're just starting to invest in your IT infrastructure and you need to avoid making capital expenditures.
...if you're wanting to add a new service, like Lync for online meetings and conferencing, but don't want to add more servers, storage and compute power to your current datacenter.
...if you've decided that your current datacenter just can't provide you with the uptime, security and flexibility that you need without a major investment and you want someone else to do it so that you can focus on your core business.
There are all kinds of scenarios. It's definitely not an all or nothing solution. What Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud solutions give you is flexibility and choice.
For more detailed information about Office 365, check out the video below that was recorded of a session Eric Moll from Microsoft and I recently delivered. In addition to what Office 365 is and how you can use it, we also cover different licensing and subscription options and how Compugen's professional services team can help with your deployment and adoption.
Video time index (MM:SS) and topic 00:00 Introductions of speakers and topic 03:32 Transformational trends in the marketplace today 04:26 Description of Office 365 - Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online and Office apps 06:51 Features and functionality of Office 365 ProPlus 09:23 Options for deploying Microsoft software - private cloud, public cloud or hybrid 12:25 Introduction of the new Office 14:30 Demo of Office 365 on Windows 8 39:46 Licencing Office 365 45:12 Compugen's professional services offerings for deployment & adoption of Office 365 51:13 Office 365 migration methodology 54:40 Office 365 deployment offer and funding options 56:18 Summary and wrap up