Updated: Sep 14, 2020
Right now, there is an unprecedented focus to enable business employees to work remotely.
So let's pair it right back and simplify. Fundamentally business need to provide access to email and corporate data. Data can be either by way of general office documents or served through applications.
So let's start with email. Mail servers are best located off-premise. What does off-premise mean? It means the mail server is located in a data center, not on-site, or in the office. It's located securely off-site, or said another way, it's in the cloud.
Why in the Cloud? On-site mail servers are constrained by the internet connection connected to the office. Cloud based mail servers, like Google G Suite or Microsoft Office 365 have a multiple array of connections. They do not rely on any connection. They have high redundancy. This is critical. Cloud mail servers have the distinct advantage of higher availability, greater accessibility, and performance that remote workers require. It also lessens demand on an organisations own infrastructure and eliminates potential bottlenecks.
The tools to migrate mail servers from on-premise to cloud are well tread these days. Migrations are quickly completed. The focus can be directed at managing the change for people and the results can be extraordinary.
The next blog post will expand on this further as well as discuss serving applications to remote users.
Keep your social distance and keep safe.