Office 365 has experienced explosive popularity since its release, seeing more and more organizations move to the service. But with events like mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures being commonplace, many organizations now find themselves with multiple Office 365 tenants to manage, and the need to enable collaboration or migration between ‘clouds’.
There are plenty of reasons why organizations might need to begin a ‘Cloud-to-Cloud’ project.
Scenario: Your company has acquired a business. You both use Office 365. The IT team is responsible for moving users from the acquisition over to your tenant.
Scenario: Your organization moved to Office 365 gradually, which meant that regions or departments set up their own individual tenants. This has caused various productivity issues, and now that the entire organization is onboarded IT has been tasked with consolidating all tenants into one.
Scenario: Your organization has mailboxes hosted in Northern Europe but need to move the tenant to Microsoft Cloud Germany.
Whatever the reason, having multiple tenants is highly inefficient, complex, and can be very troublesome for the end users. In addition, you may have users consuming multiple licenses, or unable to take advantage of volume license agreements or create an effective Enterprise Agreement.
Moving data across Office 365 is not easy. Think about all the multi-functional features and tools available in the service and how intricately they connect together. Successfully migrating these complex objects and relationships requires a special set of skills, and a detailed understanding of the Office 365 platform.
Our ‘cloud to cloud’ migration solution can enable you to manage complex migration, consolidation, or relocation projects quickly and intelligently, minimizing the disturbance to your end users and your business. The transition is fast and secure, as the entire process runs primarily in your Microsoft Azure environment, your data never leaves the confines of your environment. Currently, the solution is able to migrate content from Exchange Online, OneDrive, and (very soon) SharePoint Online, with further workloads planned for the future.
Tenant to Tenant Migration Resources
If you would like to find out more about cloud to cloud migrations, the underlying challenges, and considerations. Here are some resources to help with your research:
Most M&As will encounter a slowdown when there are multiple Office 365 tenants. Adding Cloud Commander to your M&A strategy will ease complications and enable a smooth transition.
Multiple Office 365 tenants are an administrative burden. By consolidating tenants, you gain administrative and end user efficiencies.
Cloud Commander enables messaging and calendar coexistence throughout the migration process, meaning that end users are still able to collaborate during the transition. Users that have been migrated and updated to their new mailbox are still able to see the availability of pre-migrated users, and vice versa.
Cloud Commander facilitates the move from an Office 365 data center to a more specialized regional location, handling these changes without hassle, complications, or disruption.
Cloud Commander uses Quadrotech’s Advanced Ingestion Protocol (AIP) technology to move data quickly from one tenant to another. This is very important as Office 365 users do not tend to have large data limits, resulting in issues when migrating large volumes of data.