Just last week, Osterman Research added to the voluminous commentary on Microsoft’s Office 365. In case you have been living on a
Obviously, no one should expect that a mass-marketed solution would meet every need of every user in every circumstance. Microsoft offers many permutations of the O365 service, and retail price points range from $2.00/month to more than $20. The feature set obviously varies among these offerings, and anyone considering migrating to O365 would do well to consider their options carefully. Layering in application services like archiving might be a wise choice especially if:
- Fast and flexible search is a primary consideration for archiving.
- LDAP (not Active Directory) is the primary authentication method.
- Customers don’t wish to pay ‘extra’ for encryption or file protection.
- Microsoft datasets are only one component of the data management problem you’re hoping to address with a cloud-based archiving solution, as heterogeneous environments are not best addressed with a ‘pure’ O365 implementation.
Several other limitations around archiving and security are pointed out in the Osterman Report, which can be found here:
It should be noted that Microsoft has an excellent and affordable solution set within O365 – it just might not meet every need, and as trusted IT advisors to your clients, you need to know the whole story.