Microsoft Office 365: Quest Eases Cloud Email Migration
Quest OnDemand Migration for Email is built on Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows Azure, and it aids customers in making the switch from their existing email systems, either on-premise or already in the cloud, to Office 365. According to Quest, customers have shown concern for the difficulties in migrating to Office 365, and this solution, of course, is meant to solve that problem.
The new service arrives as Dell prepares to finalize its buyout of Quest Software. “We wanted customers to gain instantaneous access to our migration product via any web browser and start migrating users within minutes, not weeks,” said Ron Robbins, product manager for migration solutions at Quest Software, in a prepared statement.
The migration solution was designed to make migrating email to Office 365 fast, low-cost and low-risk. It was deployed as a SaaS on Azure so customers don’t need to install or maintain any migration software for the move. Instead, it all happens in the cloud.
Additionally, the pay-as-you-go model makes it a simpler and cheaper alternative to on-premise products, the company indicated. Customers can migrate some or all users at once, or spread out their migration costs over time.
Channel Partner Opportunities
For channel partners involved in email migration, particularly from other systems to Office 365, Quest provides a cloud-based alternate to the other migration products and services already on the market. Quest is pushing the low-cost and ease-of-use value propositions, which may attract partners that can make their customers’ migrations easier.
Prior to official launch, Quest stated it migrated tens of thousands of email seats to Office 365 with OnDemand Migration for Email. Robbins also pointed out that Azure’s global data centers make it possible for customers to use the migration service in a variety of markets, giving Quest plenty of room for growth.
“Deploying our own software-as-a-service infrastructure worldwide would be cost-prohibitive, but with Windows Azure we can reach new markets without infrastructure concerns,” Robbins said in a prepared statement.