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Quest Software Simplifies Email Migration for Customers With Windows Azure

Quest Software is simplifying how customers of all sizes move their email to the cloud with its email migration solution, Quest OnDemand Migration for Email. The solution is based on Windows Azure and helps customers migrate to Microsoft Office 365. By running the solution on Windows Azure, Quest was able to give companies large and small a fast, low-cost, low-risk way to migrate email to cloud environments.

Quest recognized that many customers wanted to migrate their email messaging from both on-premises infrastructures and other cloud solutions to Office 365 but had questions about the migration, noting that several email migration tools in the market were difficult to set up and required the deployment of on-site servers for large mailbox migrations. As a result, Quest created an email migration solution that could be delivered using a software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployment model with Windows Azure in which customers do not need to install or maintain any software for the move, helping save time and money.

"We wanted customers to gain instantaneous access to our migration product via any Web browser and start migrating users within minutes, not weeks," said Ron Robbins, product manager, Migration Solutions at Quest Software.

By hosting its solution on Windows Azure, Quest can scale to meet its customers' needs - from small businesses with hundreds of mailboxes to large enterprises with tens of thousands of mailboxes - all while keeping its migration service affordable. Quest's pay-as-you-go pricing model, which is enabled by Windows Azure's pricing model, also gives customers the flexibility to migrate all their users at once or spread the investment over time.

To date, Quest has migrated tens of thousands of email seats to Office 365 using OnDemand Migration for Email, and does so with exceptional levels of performance and availability from Windows Azure. Microsoft's cloud platform also gives Quest the ability to expand its global reach.

"We can expand our markets because Windows Azure has datacenters worldwide," Robbins said. "Deploying our own SaaS infrastructure worldwide would be cost-prohibitive, but with Windows Azure we can reach new markets without infrastructure concerns."

Read more about Quest Software's development of Quest OnDemand Migration for Email on Windows Azure in the case study.
Published Friday, August 31, 2012 1:55 PM by David Marshall
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