Apples to apples - comparing Office 365 to the competition

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  • Exchange Server 2003 saw the rise in popularity & dominance
  • SaaS: just subscribing to Exchange services on a per-user basis – very common, as well as Office 365IaaS: dedicated server resourcesManaged services / private cloud
  • Others:- No access to remote PowerShell
  • Big players have global presence and networkHave been doing it for many yearsOffer value and service beyond just Exchange
  • Every man and his dog can run a hosted Exchange Server environmentHow do you know if your cloud is run from a real datacentre?
  • Built on Exchange Server 2010 – only recently releasedBlackBerry was extra $15 per mailbox per monthAdmin interface requires Flash!Exchange Online Plan 1 in Australia is $7!!!
  • Over 1,000 users only
  • 93 Exchange Online cmdlets3rd party apps that support Office 365
  • WebCentral:https://mcam.server-secure.com/DashboardUsername: admin_vs453602Password: Lwi78WbxL4aA1Show: User provisioningOverall UIDated mobile settingsCogmotiveGoogle Apps
  • Rackspace: hybrid is a mix of Exchange mail and basic POP3/IMAP
  • Apples to apples - comparing Office 365 to the competition

    1. 1. Loryan Strant Office 365 MVP Paradyne Apples to Apples: Comparing Office 365 to the competition
    2. 2. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE WHO AM I?  Office 365 MVP & vTSP  Business owner  Blogger  Speaker http://thecloudmouth.com @thecloudmouth
    3. 3. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE WHAT AM I TALKING ABOUT? Hosted Exchange is not new! Google Apps as an alternative What is so special about Office 365? Who cares? 3
    4. 4. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE HISTORY LESSON 1: EXCHANGE 1996 • Exchange Server 4.0 2003 • Exchange Server 2003 2011 • Office 365 4
    5. 5. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE WHY HOSTED EXCHANGE? Avoid lifecycle issues OPEX vs CAPEX Disparately located workforce Not in the business of running Exchange 5
    6. 6. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE HOSTED EXCHANGE OPTIONS Mailboxes only Dedicated servers Outsourced management Office 365 6
    7. 7. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT A HOSTED EXCHANGE PROVIDER? Less levels of support Local contact / account management More customisable Cheaper dedicated server Bundling / integration with apps 7
    8. 8. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE WHAT’S WRONG WITH HOSTED EXCHANGE? Many players only offer a few GB per month Generally still on Exchange Server 2010 Features end at the mailbox Relatively technical Slower to update 8
    9. 9. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE SOME OF THE PLAYERS 9
    10. 10. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE THE OTHER PLAYERS 10
    11. 11. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE LOCAL EXAMPLE IN OZ - WEBCENTRAL 11
    12. 12. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE LOCAL EXAMPLE IN OZ - TELSTRA  About to go to market with an “Office 365- like” service featuring Exchange Server 2010!!! 12 GET WITH THE TIMES!!!
    13. 13. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE HISTORY LESSON 2: BPOS  Business Productivity Online Suite  Energizer wanted Microsoft to run their Exchange  Built on Exchange Server 2007  Included:  SharePoint Online  Office Communications Online  Live Meeting 13
    14. 14. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE HISTORY LESSON 3: OFFICE 365 February 27, 2013 Wave 15 Exchange Server 2013 June 28, 2011 Wave 14 Exchange Server 2010 14
    15. 15. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE HISTORY LESSON 4: GOOGLE APPS 2004 •Gmail launched 2006 •Google Apps launched 2009 •Gmail & Google Apps leave beta! 15
    16. 16. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE GOOGLE APPS VS OFFICE 365 Feature Set Google Apps Office 365 Market Business/Edu/Gov’t Business/Edu/Gov’t SLA 99.9% 99.9% Support Yes Yes Mail Gmail Exchange Online Storage Drive SkyDrive Pro Intranet Sites SharePoint Online Social Google+ Yammer Apps Docs/Sheets/Slides Word/Excel/PowerPoint Etc Etc Etc 16
    17. 17. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE SO WHY OFFICE 365? 17 Microsoft running Microsoft software Scale like nothing else Global datacentres for services Faster feature releases They’re not going anywhere anytime soon It’s easy!
    18. 18. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE OFFICE 365 IS EASY! 18
    19. 19. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE OFFICE 365 TECHNICAL ADVANTAGES Feature Set Voicemail & Archiving Protection & Compliance Apps Administration Exchange Management Console (hybrid) Exchange Control Panel PowerShell Development Exchange Web Services (EWS) Office 365 Reporting Web Services Graph API Support Advanced dashboard Rich community of experts Product engineering 19
    20. 20. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE DEMONSTRATION 20
    21. 21. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE OFFICE 365 IS EASY! 21
    22. 22. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE NON-TANGIBLE FACTORS Having access to the server Single throat to choke Personal comfort levels 22
    23. 23. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE MAKING HARD CHOICES What are the business requirements? Is control absolutely necessary? Price considerations Other solutions Hybrid / integration support 23
    24. 24. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE RESOURCES  Office 365 Service Descriptions  www.office365sd.com  TechNet content  http://technet.microsoft.com/en- us/library/jj200580(v=exchg.150).aspx  MSDN content  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/gg490662.aspx  Office 365 reporting web service  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/jj984325.aspx  Cogmotive  www.Cogmotive.com 24
    25. 25. www.devconnections.com SESSION TITLE THANK YOU Questions? 25 http://thecloudmouth.com @thecloudmouth

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