Many organizations using Microsoft Exchange are contemplating on moving their Email and messaging to the Microsoft 365 public cloud.
Now with Hosting Controller hybrid controller, you can manage your on-premise MS Exchange and the Microsoft 365 cloud together as a single mail organization. Within the same OU, you can choose which user accounts stay on-premise and which go to the cloud and for every user, which apps run on-premise and which apps go into the cloud.
Main decision factors for choosing hybrid:
Microsoft Exchange is not designed as a cloud hosted application. It requires continuous involvement of IT staff and most admis tasks are still done by executing powershell commands.
Many organizations plan to move to Microsoft 365 to get benefits of a cloud hosted service. Hosting Controller with Microsoft Exchange module enables organizations to transform their existing on-premise MS Exchange into a private cloud making their on-premise experience very similar to cloud hosted with Microsoft 365. They get:
A permanent hybrid configuration enables co-existence of on-premise Exchange with the Microsoft 365 public cloud.
Different configurations are possible.
Individual user accounts can be moved from on-premise Exchange to the cloud (onboarding) or can be moved from cloud back to on-premise (offboarding) without any downtime.
Phased migration enables moving mailboxes from on-premise exchange to cloud one at a time. Since an typical mailbox is between 10GB to 100GB of data, the movement goes slow. Such a process enables an organization to move at its own pace choosing few mailboxes to migrate at a time all without any downtime.
A typical cut-off migration. All things are planned in advance and Migrate! button is pressed in the end. Because of enhanced configuration of MS Exchange, mailboxes continue to operate without any downtime while migration is taking place but in the end the source infrastructure is redundant and is scheduled to be retired. Hosting Controller Efflux Migrator product is designed for such migrations.