Gartner Research

Network Design Best Practices for Office 365

Published: 22 March 2018

ID: G00351444

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Neil Rickard

Summary

Many organizations are evaluating or deploying Microsoft Office 365. However, in most cases, existing internet connectivity will not provide adequate performance. This research describes how I&O leaders responsible for network planning can improve their network agility to successfully support O365.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

  • Office 365 Application Architectures
  • Microsoft's Office 365 Connectivity Architecture
  • Hybrid Office 365/On-Premises Deployments

Analysis

  • Maximize Office 365 Performance by Selecting the Office 365 Geo(s) That Minimize the Average Distance to the Users
  • Reduce the Risk of Poor Office 365 Performance by Planning for Incremental Network Investments
    • Leverage Microsoft's Tools and Best Practices to Calculate Bandwidth for Existing Applications Moving to Office 365
    • Pilot and Monitor Real Users via Third-Party Tools to Determine Appropriate Bandwidth for New Office 365 Applications
    • Plan for Additional Capacity for Data Migration
    • Availability and Latency Matter Too
  • Optimize Office 365 Performance by Selecting the Appropriate Connectivity Option Based on Geographic Distribution, Cost and Application-Performance Goals
  • Improve Office 365 Performance When Latency Is High or Bandwidth Constrained by Using WAN Optimization

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