October 2, 2017

Here’s to another productive Ignite. We love this conference because it gives customers a chance to share open feedback directly with Microsoft on the products we build. In return, our product groups get the opportunity to share best practices, engineering details, and product futures with our customers.


The Office 365 networking team had an action-packed week filled with many sessions and customer meetings. Our conversations centered around the evolution of the enterprise network, and best practices for optimal connectivity and an enhanced end user experience in Office 365.


Our recommendation is to adopt the simplest network design when routing traffic to Office 365, which can be achieved by following the Office 365 connectivity principles. The principles debuted at Ignite and are result of analyses into customer feedback that connecting to Office 365 workloads is challenging and a bottleneck to adoption. The connectivity principles are common to all Office 365 workloads, they align customer network strategies with Office 365 networking investments and differentiate enterprise networking requirements between IaaS and SaaS. The same connectivity principles were in focus at every session, in our meetings with customers and in the strategy and guidance that we shared with network security partners.


The sessions at Ignite are focused on the strategy, planning and implementation of the principles, see the resources below for details. Let us know your feedback on our talks. What are your connectivity challenges? Please comment on this thread to start a conversation.


Many thanks to our customers, partners, and the Microsoft crew for a week of learning and a fun evening at Universal Studios!


Office 365 networking team, Microsoft


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