How To Get The Most Out Of Office 365 And Azure

How to Get the Most Out of Office 365 and Azure

Arraya Insights | June 17, 2015

If one of your organization’s goals for the back nine of 2015 is to either embrace the cloud or expand your existing cloud environment, Microsoft’s Office 365 and Azure could be two of the products you end up exploring.

There’s no shortage of benefits you can get out of deploying these services. In terms of Office 365, you get the traditional, software-based Office set up (Word, Excel, etc.) and a cloud-based version. If mobility is a key concern, users will also have access to smartphone and tablet-accessible versions of those programs. For the times when you can’t get everyone in the same room, the unlimited online meetings with IM and HD video conferencing features can help to keep everyone on the same page. On top of that, you’ll also be able to off-load the responsibility for Exchange, Skype for Business and SharePoint software management, which is a main driver behind Office 365.

With Azure, you can run solutions on the same cloud infrastructure which supports Office 365, Skype, etc., and you’ll have access to its built-in software patching and network loading balancing, among other features.

All of that sounds pretty great, so what’s holding you back? For many organizations, the answer is simple: time. Supporting an Office 365 and Azure deployment takes time and energy. If the day-to-day administrative and maintenance tasks that go along with those solutions aren’t completed, companies could miss out on the full value of their new Cloud-based collaboration investment.

A partner like Arraya Solutions can ensure that doesn’t happen.

How we work with you

Arraya Managed Services provide remote support, monitoring, and tenant management for Microsoft Office 365 and Azure services, including Exchange and SharePoint Online, as well as supporting on-premises and Azure cloud-hosted workloads.

So what does that mean for you? Arraya will worry about the nuts and bolts tasks required to keep Office 365 and Azure up to date, secure and running efficiently. This includes the management of Active Directory, ADFS, Azure Directory Sync, ADFS Proxy and certificate management. Getting those items off of IT’s to-do lists – and onto Arraya’s – will free your team to focus on the objectives that matter most to your business.

Arraya can also help you on every step of your cloud journey, from deployment to growth and take responsibility for any moves, additions and changes which support end-user communication, connectivity and compliance. Your team can rest easy knowing that Arraya has the following activities covered:

  • Email and Calendars
  • Compliance & eDiscovery
  • Document and Email Access Control
  • Online Conferencing
  • Instant Messaging
  • File Storage and Sharing
  • Team Sites
  • Yammer Enterprise
  • Office Online

Partnering with Arraya to manage your Office 365 and Azure deployments is all about enhancing and furthering the benefits you’re already seeing from those services. Arraya Managed Services can provide the robust infrastructure required to ensure your company’s Microsoft communication tools are private, reliable and secure.

To learn more about our other Managed Services, as well as all of the different ways we can help your IT team achieve next-level success, visit www.ArrayaSolutions.com or reach out to your Account Executive.

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