Cloud Migration: A Tough Decision For Any Business

By Gary Jensen on

Discover what your business needs to consider for a move into cloud based solutions.

The growth for Office 365 isn’t slowing down yet – with over 85 million active users that’s likely to rise to 100 million by mid-2017.

A primary driver for this growth are organisations migrating to Exchange Online, which processes over a trillion meetings and more than 4 trillion outbound messages every month. The percentage of Exchange Online users is also on the rise with around 35% of all Exchange users now using cloud based solutions.

Why cloud migration is essential

If you are still running Exchange on-premises, it’s worth noting that Exchange 2003 and 2007 extended support ended in April 2014/2017. Similarly, mainstream support for Exchange 2010 ended some time ago and how has been in extended support for over two years.   Mainstream support for Exchange 2013 (with latest updates) will be entering extended support in April 2018.

It’s therefore essential that you move away from using these products. We recommend you consider:

Why you should consider cloud migration

Cloud based solutions are ideal if you’re looking to address the following business needs:

  • A more defined business strategy
  • Improved collaboration and/or mobility
  • Reduction of hardware and/or storage ownership
  • Reduced management overhead
  • Improved security or performance online

What are hybrid cloud solutions?

Hybrid cloud solutions are the best of both worlds; a mix of public and private clouds with encrypted gateways to protect sensitive information. Any general business data can be made publicly available in a public cloud for anyone within the business to easily access. Read more about hybrid cloud solutions at Silversands.

Selecting the right hybrid cloud management consultancy

If you’ve decided hybrid cloud migration is ideal for your business, we can help! A cloud migration of this nature may be complex and shouldn’t be taken lightly, so you should select a Microsoft Partner with a proven and verifiable track record to help you with the decision making, planning and complete end-to-end migration, backed up with timely support should problems arise.

The primary target for a migration of this type should be to ensure as little business disruption as possible and this can best be achieved through the implementation of a structured migration plan delivered by experienced IT consultants.

Maximising the benefits in a cloud migration strategy

If you choose to implement Office 365 and the initial target for cloud deployment is Exchange Online, you may subsequently want to maximise the benefits of the solution by making use of the many other services included with Office 365. Silversands is ideally placed to provide advice, guidance and consultancy across the whole suite, including SharePoint. To support this end-to-end capability, our business services are positioned around:

• Hybrid cloud services

A Microsoft Technology Partner specialising in Exchange, System Centre, Office 365 migration, consultancy and complete or hybrid Azure deployments.

• SharePoint consultancy

We are a SharePoint specialist with a significant depth & breadth of platform configuration and custom development, experienced across all industry sectors.

• IT support services

Depending on your specific needs, we can tailor managed Support Services to give you complete peace of mind.

• Bespoke software development

Where out-of-the-box capabilities don’t deliver to your requirements, our widely-experienced development team can create virtually any type of custom solutions, whether that is based on Office 365 products or completely written from the ground up.

If you would like more information on our services, please visit our FAQs or take a look at some of the cloud migration case studies.

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