The Business Case for Email Archive Migrations
The benefits of migrating your IT infrastructure to Office 365 are well-documented, with increased flexibility and cloud collaboration chief among them. Yet, email archive migrations are often an afterthought, an “Oh yeah, I guess we should do that as well,” rather than a key driver for change.
However, there are multiple benefits to migrating email archives alongside live mailboxes, and listed below are a few reasons why your organization should make this a priority.
The Benefits of Email Archive Migrations
While it’s crucial to consolidate and cut back on unnecessary archives, as time passes and your organization grows, so too will the storage quotas and costs of on-prem archiving systems.
However, as the capacity of these solutions become strained, scalability can be problematic, requiring heavy investment in both hardware and support.
Alternatively, choosing to migrate your email archives to Office 365 opens you up to an ‘on-demand’ world of instant scalability at a fraction of the cost, allowing you to work smarter and faster.
Centralizing all data in one system ensures speedy resolutions to search queries, which can be time-consuming, inconsistent and prone to error when legacy content is pulled from different environments.
Migrating email archives not only improves the user experience for day-to-day tasks, it also ensures all records and reporting are accurate from a legal standpoint, crucial in times of conflict resolution and ensuring compliance with regulations such as Europe’s GDPR.
As digital transformations gather pace, the whole world is steadily moving IT operations to the cloud. Even in regions where cloud-adoption has been slower – such as Scandinavia – there’s a growing sense that mass-migration is simply a question of when rather than if.
A casualty of this trend has been the decline of traditional archive vendors, with many scaling back development, retiring their on–premises solutions, or completely going out business. The cost of maintaining legacy platforms, coupled with dwindling expertise has forced the issue, expediting the rise of cloud archiving.
The risk of system failure is naturally lower within Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure, as it’s continually developed, updated, refined and enhanced.
Exchange Online, for example, is now mature enough to accommodate huge volumes of data, meaning large enterprises are increasingly opting to bring their email archives ‘home’ rather than use third-party platforms, such as Enterprise Vault.
In theory, it’s a future-proof solution that will grow with your organization.
A Managed Email Archive Migration Service
We’ve outlined some of the major factors influencing email archive migrations, so if you want to follow the crowd and move archives to the cloud, our managed migration service can get you there.
We offer a fast, reliable, ‘fixed-cost, fixed-outcome’ solution to help you hit every milestone you need to meet, with market-leading technology and excellent customer support ratings.