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June 30, 2011
Only two days after the official release of Microsoft Office 365, hybrid Microsoft Office 365 deployments are now practically old hat. That’s why the fact that Microsoft partner and migration specialist Binary Tree is offering hybrid on-premises/public cloud Office 365 just isn’t that noteworthy. But the announcement came with a twist, and that’s what caught our attention: Binary Tree is also supporting coexistant IBM Lotus Notes and Office 365 deployments.
Binary Tree’s flagship CMT suite of migration and coexistence software now supports migrating data from on-premises into Microsoft Office 365, which includes cloud-hosted versions of Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online and Microsoft Office. Moreover, administrators don’t need to be on premises to do the migration – Binary Tree’s press release promotes its remote deployment and management tools included in CMT.
Here’s what Binary Tree co-CEO Henry Bestritsky had to say about that aspect of the company’s cloud play in a prepared statement:
“As the Binary Tree and Microsoft relationship grows even tighter, we are committed, and more importantly focused, to fully supporting Microsoft and all variations of Office 365 deployments whether they are hybrid or completely in the cloud. Remotely Hosted and Remotely Managed Migrations are just the beginning of a full suite of Binary Tree Cloud Solutions coming later this year.”
And for hybrid Lotus Notes/Office 365 deployments, Binary Tree hyped its “seamless interchange” of e-mail messages and calendar events between the two environments. Plus, it supports free/busy lookups between the two. That’s all included in that CMT suite, which the company has already been using to move Lotus data to Microsoft BPOS.
As I said, hybrid Office 365 deployments are becoming common amongst service providers to the point where I’m wondering if that’s going to be the major niche for partners in the Microsoft cloud productivity ecosystem. But it’s worth noting when a company like Binary Tree singles out Lotus Notes for service.
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