Many organizations are recognizing the benefits of moving to Office 365 — network accessibility anywhere at any time, easy email access both inside and outside of your organization, as well as reducing operations and management overhead. Barracuda Office 365 simplifies activities like managing Exchange, but migrating your productivity environment to the cloud raises some serious business challenges to ensure that you remain productive and protected before, during, and after your migrations. To make sense of all the “moving parts” to Office 365 and helping you make the right choices that enhance your environment, we’ve developed a simple strategy of prepare, migrate, and operate to get you to Office 365 efficiently and once there, operate securely and productively. Prepare your data by identifying legacy email data, locating PST files, and determining what to migrate, what to keep, and where to keep it (i.e., how to avoid expensive “forklift” cloud uploads).
Prepare your network by ensuring it will support the high-speed internet connections that Office 365 expects and that you can manage bandwidth on a per-user, per application basis. During your migration phase — which may be weeks or months, and may be a staged migration or even a hybrid where you combine on-premises Exchange servers with Exchange Online — how do you continue to support and manage users in both worlds, and to whom should you turn for the outside services necessary for a clean and efficient migration. Once in Office 365, assuring total email security, achieving robust compliance and discovery, securing your most sensitive and critical data, and providing backups so you can restore data losses due to human errors or network glitches. Our solutions work whether you’re still on-premises and considering a move to Office 365, if you are in the middle of a migration to Office 365, or if you’re already operating in the cloud and want to improve your security and productivity. They can be deployed on-premises, in virtual environments, or in the cloud.
Barracuda Office 365 — Prepare
Preparing to migrate to Office 365 is a major project that affects the entire corporate network, so most customers begin with Exchange online. Before migrating to Exchange online, customers need to locate and identify all their legacy email and develop a strategy that will allow online users to access them once in the cloud. Simply migrating everything is time-consuming and counterproductive since much of this legacy information won’t be accessed again. Relying on cloud-based applications like Office 365 highlights the importance of having reliable internet connectivity for today’s organizations. However, many organizations still overlook the impact of Office 365 on their overall network infrastructure. A better strategy is to identify all legacy email and determine what gets migrated and what gets kept in an Office365 — friendly environment before actually migrating. That way, only small, active mail items get migrated while users still have access before, during, and after to any legacy data they may wish to retrieve.
Barracuda Office 365 – Migration
Companies looking to implement Office 365 can be coming from a variety of platforms and configurations — each has an impact on their migration strategy. Barracuda Office 365 isn’t like an upgrade — it’s a wholesale move — yet companies need to duplicate much of their on-premises infrastructure in the cloud to ensure they maintain a productive work environment. “Getting there” depends very much upon where companies are coming from. A real-world example of an Office 365 migration can look like this. A customer running Exchange 2007 solicited bids for migration to Office 365. Since there is no direct “hop” from Exchange 2007 to Exchange Online, the customer first needed an interim Exchange 2010 server to which they would migrate from Exchange 2007 and which would act as “bridge” to an initially hybrid installation of Office 365. They could then gradually migrate users to Office 365 with the ultimate goal of eliminating the interim server, or if not, upgrading it to Exchange 2013.
Barracuda Office 365 — Operate
When operating in Office 365, companies quickly realize that included email security is basic, that preserving email data for business continuity and regulatory reasons is not as easy as they thought, and there is no simple way to restore lost or corrupted data. Office 365 includes Exchange Online Protection for email security, and focuses on spam detection. Protection against far more damaging phishing attempts and zero day attacks requires an optional product which can be expensive and complicated to manage. Office 365’s preservation feature is based on document tags, meaning preserved data is co-mingled with operational data. Over time, Office 365’s very large mailbox sizes can make retrieval time-consuming and frustrating — many regulatory challenges for which preserved mail must be produced have very short response windows. Office 365’s “backup” capability is a totally manual process. It relies on Recoverable Items folders, and in the case of inadvertent deletions, offers a very short recovery window.
To protect your backup systems from failures, all Barracuda Backup products include Energize Updates that automatically apply software updates to improve performance and keep you protected from the latest threats. Updates are sent as frequently as needed to protect you from zero-day security threats. Barracuda Instant Replacement provides next-business-day replacement in case of failure or malfunction. Barracuda will even preload the most recent data and configuration settings stored in Barracuda Cloud Storage onto the replacement unit for emergency restores in the event of a complete site disaster.
And an included complimentary hardware refresh every four years will keep you on the latest platform at no additional cost. When choosing a data protection solution, it pays to look beyond the hardware and software to the company that stands behind the product. Barracuda is the world’s leading provider (in units shipped) of Purpose-Built Backup Appliances (PBBA), and is also a leading provider of cloud-based data protection.
The F-Series cloud-ready firewalls improve site-to-site connectivity and give you uninterrupted access to applications hosted in the cloud — all while simplifying network administration and reducing IT overhead for multi-site organizations and managed service providers. In the cloud era, network firewalls must do more than secure your network. They must also ensure you have uninterrupted network availability and robust access to cloud-hosted applications.
The Barracuda Next-Gen Firewall F-Series is a family of hardware, virtual, and cloud-based appliances that protect and enhance your dispersed network infrastructure. They deliver advanced security by tightly integrating a comprehensive set of next generation firewall technologies, including Layer-7 application profiling, intrusion prevention, web filtering, malware and advanced threat protection, antispam protection, and network access control.
Prepare your network by ensuring it will support the high-speed internet connections that Office 365 expects and that you can manage bandwidth on a per-user, per application basis. During your migration phase — which may be weeks or months, and may be a staged migration or even a hybrid where you combine on-premises Exchange servers with Exchange Online — how do you continue to support and manage users in both worlds, and to whom should you turn for the outside services necessary for a clean and efficient migration.
Once in Office 365, assuring total email security, achieving robust compliance and discovery, securing your most sensitive and critical data, and providing backups so you can restore data losses due to human errors or network glitches. Our solutions work whether you’re still on-premises and considering a move to Office 365, if you are in the middle of a migration to Office 365, or if you’re already operating in the cloud and want to improve your security and productivity. They can be deployed on-premises, in virtual environments, or in the cloud.
Enable remote users to access your corporate network from any web browser, wherever and whenever they are working. The Barracuda SSL VPN Vx facilitates secure network access for remote users and sites to utilize business applications, information, and other network resources. Best of all, because it leverages Secure Socket Layer encryption, users can access the corporate network safely, anywhere, at any time. Safeguard your organization’s confidential email communications while also preventing spam from infiltrating your users’ inboxes, or unintentionally and covertly leaving your organization.
Barracuda Email Security Gateway Vx provides real-time protection against email-borne threats for organizations of all sizes, while offering granular email management capabilities such as email encryption and bulk mail categorization for inbound and outbound email. Barracuda Email Security Gateway Vx offers geographic benefits and flexibility as organizations can easily co-locate it with the email servers that it’s protecting.
Barracuda Web Application Firewall gives your DevOps and application security teams comprehensive security that is easy to deploy and manage. Physical, virtual, and in the cloud — Barracuda Web Application Firewall eliminates application vulnerabilities and protects your web applications against application DDoS, SQL Injection, Cross—Site Scripting, and other advanced attacks. The Barracuda Web Application Firewall provides comprehensive, reverse—proxy-based protection for applications deployed in physical, virtual, or public cloud environments data centers.
In addition to applications hosted on-premises, Barracuda Web Application Firewall can natively scale and migrate with applications deployed in public cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Available with flexible pricing options including bring-your-own-license and pay-as-you-go via AWS Marketplace and Azure Marketplace, the Barracuda Web Application Firewall is built to can help you seamlessly transition from on-premises to cloud infrastructures while maintaining the same familiar experience.