An optimized network configuration is paramount to driving doption and usage of cloud services.
Traditional enterprise networks are designed primarily to provide users access to applications and data hosted in company operated datacenters. A secondary use has been as a gateway for access to the Internet for communications and web browsing. In this model, there is minimal or no network security between users and the company operated datacenters, and a substantial security perimeter between users and the Internet with many network devices such as firewalls, anti-virus scanners, data loss prevention, and intrusion detection devices.
Microsoft Office 365 is Software-as-a-Service that provides productivity and collaboration opportunities through a distributed set of cloud-hosted applications and services.
The quality and performance of a user’s Office 365 experience is directly influenced by the kind of network solutions that users have on the path between the user and Office 365. Third-party network devices and services that do advanced protocol-level and data-level processing and network optimization may interfere with Office 365 client connectivity and affect the availability, performance, interoperability, and supportability of Office 365 to users.
Adoption of SaaS applications like Office 365 moves some combination of services and data outside the network perimeter. Without optimization, traffic between users and SaaS applications is subject to latency introduced by packet inspection, network hairpins, inadvertent connections to geographically distant endpoints and other factors.
Use the resources on this page to ensure your network design is optimized for Microsoft 365 and learn more about our partners who can help drive your successful network configuration.
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