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Network Design Best Practices for Office 365

Published: 03 August 2016

ID: G00311574

Analyst(s): Bjarne Munch , Neil Rickard , Andrew Lerner


Organizations are evaluating or deploying Microsoft Office 365. However, existing internet connectivity will not provide adequate performance for Office 365 in most scenarios. This research describes how network planners and managers can optimize the network infrastructure to support Office 365.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Pick the Optimum Office 365 Region for Your Enterprise Based on User Distribution
    • Hybrid Deployments
  • Pilot and Monitor Real Users' Office 365 Network Requirements Using a Combination of Microsoft and Third-Party Tools
    • Leverage Microsoft's Tools and Best Practices
    • Pilot and Monitor Real Users
    • Latency Matters
  • Select the Optimum Office 365 Network Connectivity Options Based on Geographic Distribution, Cost and Performance Requirements
    • Typical Default Connectivity for Office 365 — Centralized Internet Access
    • Distributed Internet Access for Office 365
    • Extending the Enterprise WAN to the Microsoft Network Edge Location
    • Direct WAN Connectivity to Office 365 Using Microsoft ExpressRoute
  • Use WAN Optimization to Enhance Office 365 Performance Where Latency Is High or Bandwidth Is Constrained

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