Quest Software Expands Microsoft Office 365 Services Palette
Service provider Quest Software was one of the very first channel organizations to build a migration and coexistence solution around the Microsoft Office 365 cloud productivity suite. And what better time than this week’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, focused on Office 365 and Redmond’s other cloud initiatives, to announce a series of updates to the service which include Active Directory and SharePoint migrations.
The main value proposition of Quest’s migration services is they can provide a hybrid deployment that keeps the desired key Google Gmail, Lotus Notes, Novell GroupWise and on-premises versions of Microsoft Exchange (where applicable, obviously) data local to the customer site for compliance reasons while moving the rest out to the cloud.
Active Directory migration, available now, provides assessment capabilities and the ability to restructure or consolidate Active Directory before the move goes forward. SharePoint migrations, coming later in 2011, will encompass Office 365 moves from SharePoint, Exchange Public Folders, Windows File Systems and even the version of SharePoint Online included in the now-obsolete Microsoft BPOS suite.
Also slated are Microsoft Exchange and Exchange Online coexistence and permissions services, with more information promised by an elusive “before the end of the year” deadline, according to Quest. Once all these services are rolled out, Quest Software said it will have solutions for the full range of migration phases.
Of course, this is something we’ve heard before — Orange Business Services is offering services that sound similar on paper, and Binary Tree is offering Lotus Notes/Office 365 hybrid deployments. Still, migration is still one of the most obvious, and potentially most needed, services a partner can offer around Microsoft’s cloud.