Network Best Practices for Office 365 Optimization

Network Best Practices for Office 365 Optimization

This IDC Perspective examines network considerations and best practices that enterprise customers can apply to ensure optimal user experience for Office 365 SaaS applications."As enterprises increasingly embrace SaaS applications such as Office 365, the network becomes a critical conduit that can make or break the user experience. Fortunately, enterprise IT practitioners can implement network best practices and deploy network technologies — including WAN optimization, SaaS acceleration, and SD-WAN — that ensure that the network enhances rather than inhibits users' experiences of Office 365 and other business-critical applications." — Brad Casemore, research VP, Datacenter Networks

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Executive Snapshot
Situation Overview
Advice for the Technology Buyer
Principle 1: Identify and Differentiate Office 365 Traffic with Microsoft-Published Endpoints
Principle 2: Ensure That Egress Office 365 Data Connections Are as Close to the User as Possible with Matching DNS Resolution
Principle 3: Avoid Network Hairpins and Ensure Direct Connectivity to the Nearest Microsoft Network Entry Point
Principle 4: Consider Bypassing Network Proxies, Traffic Inspection Devices, and Duplicate Security Already Available in Office 365
Going Further: WAN Optimization, SaaS Acceleration, and SD-WAN
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