After running a hosted Microsoft Exchange service for the last 7 years, Databias has made the difficult decision to wind down the product and migrate all existing customers to the 365 platform. Although the Exchange cluster we operated had well over 99.9% up-time over this period, we could not compete against the aggressive pricing offered by our supplier, Microsoft, in the form of their 365 cloud email service. This fact, coupled with the benefit that 365 users get with Microsoft’s other cloud products, such as Azure, made our move to the cloud that much more appealing.
We have already successfully migrated over a hundred companies and thousands of users to the 365 platform using a tried and tested cut-over method. This technique uses a customised system of DNS changes and database routing tables which has ensured zero downtime of services and no loss of email whatsoever for all migrated customers.
We have been responsible for the delivery and sanitising (anti-spam and anti-virus) of almost 100 000 legitimate emails per day and will continue to offer free MX services to our 365 licensed clients. As a team we have increased our depth of knowledge in the Exchange product considerably over the last several years and hope that our near perfect track record of service and support will continue to attract new customers looking for email and licensing excellence.
We often have people asking us questions about the different types of Microsoft 365 licensing and what would suit their companies requirements the best. Two of the most confusing offerings Microsoft has on the 365 platform are 365 ProPlus and 365 Business. Both of these products offer the latest version of the Office desktop suite for Mac and PC along with a 1TB OneDrive cloud storage account, but then why does 365 ProPlus cost another 50% or so more than 365 Business? The simple answer: 365 ProPlus is designed for enterprise and has several ‘under-the-hood’ benefits for business users.
To read more on this topic please see our knowledge base article here.
Databias has long been in need of a brand overhaul, and it’s finally happening. Some of our customers have noticed our new and improved statement and invoice templates, the design of which will be carried through to all Databias branding at the end of August 2017. We hope you like our new look.
Microsoft announced yesterday the imminent arrival of 2 new Office 365 / Azure data centers in South Africa. The new data centers will be located in Johannesburg and Cape Town respectively and will provide an extension to the current global 365 cloud. In addition, the new data centers would facilitate the availability of Azure services to sub-Saharan countries providing for localised cloud servers and associated services.
The new data centers should go a long way in assuring African businesses that Microsoft is committed to providing solid cloud services to the African continent at large. South Africa’s new POPI act will need to specify whether or not data stored in these facilities meets the criteria required for the protection of information under South African law.