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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Leverage best-in-class Office 365 networking solutions

Leverage best-in-class Office 365 networking solutions

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Quickly and easily set up and manage your network for Office 365

Quickly and easily set up and manage your network for Office 365
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Route smartly, reduce latency, and boost user experience

Route smartly, reduce latency, and boost user experience

Training & Adoption Resources

Make the most of Microsoft Search in your organization with these reusable training and adoption resources.

Get your enterprise network ready for Office 365

One of the biggest challenges facing large customers as they transition their productivity experience from on-premises into a cloud-connected world is ensuring that their network infrastructure is best suited for the new way of working. This session focuses on the aspects of network design that large customers need to consider as they plan for adopting Office 365.

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Office 365 Network Performance Troubleshooting

In this session, we outline a process for troubleshooting performance issues with customer connections to Microsoft Office 365. Most of the time, finding the root cause of a performance problem will result in the customer being able to make a change to alleviate the issue. In this talk we cover the most common issues causing performance problems with Office 365.

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Best practices for optimizing Office 365 Connectivity

Microsoft delivers more than 200 cloud services, including Xbox, MSN, Bing and Office 365. By understanding how this infrastructure works, and by following a set of key network principles, you can optimize your connectivity whilst abstracting your organization from change that occurs in the Cloud. In this session we'll look in detail at how best to connect to Office 365.

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Partners

Learn about Office 365 solutions from our partners.

Citrix

Enables recommended local and direct Internet egress for Office 365 experiences from the brand into the nearest Microsoft network POP.

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Zscaler

Enables local egress for Office 365 through a GRE tunnel from the local branch through the nearest POP of Zscaler Internet Access cloud.

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Silver Peak

Forms an optimized network overlay that controls and accelerates connectivity to enterprise services such as Office 365.

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News & Announcements

Get the latest news and announcements on Microsoft Search.

Customer Stories

Learn how our customers are improving their Office 365 performance.

Kelly Services

Kelly Services utilizes Zscaler and Office 365 to create an environment for global collaboration

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