Microsoft's recent earnings (Q1 FY15) highlighted the momentum of Office 365 we've been discussing on this blog for some time. The announcement revealed that commercial Office and Office 365 boosted Microsoft's cloud revenues by 128% to $952 million.
But it's also been the year when businesses have come to terms with the practicalities of consolidating their critical IT functions with one vendor, even a vendor as established as Microsoft.
Two major Microsoft outages have affected Office 365 customers this year - the Azure outage in November and the email outage on Exchange Online and Office 365 in June. Not that it's the only cloud vendor to have experienced this problem - services from Google and even Facebook have had similar issues.
It's a stark reminder that care must be taken to ensure business continuity, as well as security and data integrity risks, are mitigated in the cloud in the same way they were on-premises.
Which is why risk mitigation is so important when CIOs are migrating to Office 365. A cloud continuity plan can counter reliance on just one service that can become a single point of failure for critical services like email. Invariably that plan needs third party cloud services, like Mimecast, to offer the same options that have been common place in the on-premises environment - a blended cloud approach.
Mimecast Services for Office 365 ensure when Office 365 is offline your business' email keeps working. It also enhances an organization’s security by detecting advanced threats like spear-phishing. In addition, it improves the resilience of critical data, meaning if data is lost or deleted accidentally or with malicious intent it’s fully retrievable. This vital protection for Office 365 helps overcome the remaining hurdles to enterprise adoption of Microsoft’s service.
If you’d like to find out how Mimecast and Office 365 services work better together, click here to download our free report and view a webcast of our CTO Neil Murray discussing the risks of a move to Office 365 and how to tackle them.