QUADROtech's New ‘Triple Cloud’ Solution Halves WAN Traffic when Migrating to Office 365

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Method combines Azure, Office 365 and ArchiveShuttle.cloud to dramatically speed migrations

QUADROtech, the data migration company, has successfully demonstrated an innovative solution with the potential to radically speed up migrations to Office 365. In early tests its prototype Highly Optimised Transport System (HOTS) reduced the volume of WAN data that needed to be transferred by 55 per cent.

HOTS is a proprietary format that helps overcome conflicts between the most efficient WAN transfer protocols and those file formats understood by Microsoft Exchange Online. It achieves its results by combining existing Microsoft Azure and Office 365 in a new way with QUADROtech’s ArchiveShuttle.cloud.

Current migration practice typically uses servers such as ArchiveShuttle to transform extracted files into PST, EWS or formats such as QUADROtech’s Advanced Ingestion Protocol (AIP) that are recognised by Exchange. The new solution creates a WAN-optimised HOTS payload that shrinks data volume while keeping it intact and compliant. This payload is transmitted straight into Azure, where it is converted on the fly into AIP format for ingestion by Office 365. The process is orchestrated by ArchiveShuttle modules running on both the customer’s on-premise legacy server and Azure, meaning the main payload does not need to touch the ArchiveShuttle.cloud server.

Peter Kozak, CEO of QUADROtech, led the research team that developed the new methodology. He says: “Migrating the email ecosystem to Office 365 efficiently can be a challenge for organisations, but HOTS will revolutionise the entire process. We’ve created a way for Microsoft’s two clouds do all the heavy lifting, with ArchiveShuttle.cloud providing the intelligence.

“Take a typical example where a customer has 5,000 Exchange mailboxes, archived every 30 days into something like Symantec Enterprise Vault. With perhaps 10 TB of archives it would naturally prefer to use WAN rather than disk for its Office 365 migration, but the sheer size of data would make this a slow process. The de facto standard for getting data into Exchange Online is EWS (Exchange Web Services), but because of the way its coding works the actual data that needs to be transferred more than doubles. Even with MSG or PST formats the size increases.

“We’ve now completed comparative tests using an independent tool that measures network volume. It indicates that 10 TB of data would create WAN traffic of about 12 TB (MSG), 15 TB (PST ) or 22 TB (EWS). By comparison, the HOTS prototype can shrink the same traffic to nearer 9 TB – a massive 55 per cent reduction compared with EWS. And we intend to improve even further on that.”

For more on ArchiveShuttle and ArchiveShuttle.cloud, see http://www.quadrotech-it.com/products/archiveshuttle/ and http://www.quadrotech-it.com/download/1481/

About QUADROtech: the data migration company

QUADROtech is a leading global provider of tools to manage the migration of email archives, mailboxes and PST files. Its technology is a key component in email infrastructure changes, enterprise desktop refresh projects, rollout of latest versions of Windows, and the adoption of Microsoft Exchange 2013, Office 365 and Enterprise Vault. QUADROtech’s staff of industry experts and its worldwide network of partners help customers avoid the most costly, time-consuming and risky aspects of migration projects.

QUADROtech Solutions is an independent company headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, with offices in the US and the UK. It is a Microsoft Managed Partner, a Microsoft Gold Application Development partner, a Symantec STEP program member, and has established partnerships with many of the world’s other leading IT infrastructure providers, including HP and IBM.

Find out more at http://www.quadrotech-it.com

QUADROtech is a trademark of QUADROtech Solutions AG. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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