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FlightDeck PST eradication now integrated with Microsoft Azure and Azure SQL

May 30, 2016 by Thomas Madsen

No hardware commitment, no licenses and less red tape for fast, reliable Office 365 migration support
During the past few years, Quadrotech’s PST FlightDeck has been the natural solution of choice for eradicating offline PST files when migrating to Office 365, latest editions of Exchange Server or hybrid environments. Successive iterations of PST FlightDeck have made it ever easier to track down, consolidate, repair, archive and eliminate troublesome offline PSTs.

With the release of PST FlightDeck 5.0 we’re able to announce a major breakthrough by allowing the entire process to be run remotely in Microsoft Azure using Microsoft SQL Database on demand. Developed in collaboration with Microsoft’s own specialists, this means that Quadrotech is the only vendor in the world to offer such capability.

How does Azure/Azure SQL Database integration help?
PST FlightDeck reliably discovers and manages the elimination of PSTs more effectively than any comparable product. We’ve always championed ‘time to first item migrated’ (TTFI) and ‘time to pilot completion’ (TTPC) as the most objective ways of measuring efficiency, and PST FlightDeck 5.0 takes both to a whole new level. In particular, TTPC can typically be reduced from months to a few days.[vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column width=”3/4″]How is this achieved? Simply because you don’t have to purchase and provision separate hardware and databases yourself, maintain them, and keep them secure for the duration of the project. Neither do you need to carry the cost of decommissioning and repurposing them.

PST FlightDeck 5.0 uses a template-driven approach that allows it to be installed straight into Azure. But it’s not just about renting virtual machines. In the past if you’d wanted to run a product like this you’d also have needed to install a separate database. PST FlightDeck 5.0’s capability means it needs no special preparation for use with Microsoft’s cloud Azure SQL Database.

What are the advantages of PST FlightDeck using Azure/Azure SQL?
The main benefits of using PST FlightDeck 5.0 with Azure and Azure SQL Database are:

  • No separate hardware, database or licenses needed: Easy administration and cost management.
  • Better change control: Should the project’s scope alter, modifications are assimilated faster and with less scope for error.
  • Efficient cost control: You don’t pay for more processing power than you actually need at any particular stage of the project.
  • Rapid TTPC and TTFI: Fast, accurate, defensible and compliant migrations.
  • Stability of Microsoft Azure: A safe, secure, resilient and proven cloud platform.
  • Orchestration between Azure and Office 365: Many organizations choose to migrate PSTs into Office 365 mailboxes. PST FlightDeck 5.0 is optimized to speed up these migrations using technologies such as our Advanced Ingestion protocol (AIP).

With PST FlightDeck 5.0 you can scale your virtual machines up and down within Azure dynamically as required. For really intensive processing your core server should be scaled up to a highly-spec’d machine during the main migration. But you can start with something smaller, ramp things up, and then reduce the spec again toward the end of a project.  The core server is the expensive element – so you can save money by intelligently managing this resource over the project’s lifetime.

New: support for Mac-based offline files
With all the excitement about Azure/Azure SQL integration we could almost lose sight of all the other under-the-hood enhancements and tweaks we’ve made to PST FlightDeck in this latest release.

But we’ll touch on one of the most important. PST FlightDeck 5.0 is now the only product on the market that’s ready-made to migrate your offline Mac email files into Office 365 too. This is a particularly exciting development; the product essentially manages OLMs ( the Mac cousins of PSTs) in the same way it handles PST files, ensuring that any device running OS X can be included in a corporate sweep of devices.

And don’t forget that Quadrotech is still the only migration vendor with a single suite of proven solutions for migrating essential live mail and archives as well as PST/offline files. This ‘triple stack’, as we refer to it, is a highly flexible technology framework that can simplify your entire email migration project, ensuring consistency and enhancing speed-to-completion.
[vc_cta h2=”Eliminating PSTs is a vital step to a successful migration”]Enterprises that have used Microsoft Exchange Client or Outlook typically have many thousands of PSTs scattered throughout the infrastructure, on desktops, laptops, removable disks and shared network drives. Getting rid of them is high on the agenda for compliance officers as much as IT specialists.

PSTs pose a major security risk: The portability of PSTs exposes organizations to data leakage. PSTs are susceptible to malware and encryption and  password protection are easily circumvented by attackers.

PSTs are a legal and compliance obstacle: Organizations cannot enforce retention policies, and legal departments struggle to ensure they have the right data to defend cases.

PSTs inhibit business-aligned change: PSTs are a blocker to modern client architectures involving multiple devices, VDI and BYOD.

PSTs are inefficient and not centrally manageable: Attempting to centralize PSTs risks data loss, file corruption and Outlook speed reduction. Organizations do not know how many PST files exist in the infrastructure, where they are, or whether they are corrupted.

For a more detailed look at the subject – independently edited and with a foreword by  Tony Redmond, senior contributing editor for – download a copy of The Complete Guide to Eradicating PST Files at Amazon:[/vc_cta]