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Skype for Business in the Cloud: What You Need to Know
December 22nd, 2015

Skype for Business in the Cloud: What You Need to Know

Microsoft recently delivered on its cloud IP telephony promise but, for now, it mostly impacts those using Office 365 with Skype for Business on premises. If you are using Lync/Skype for Business or c...

Summary

Microsoft recently delivered on its cloud IP telephony promise but, for now, it mostly impacts those using Office 365 with Skype for Business on premises. If you are using Lync/Skype for Business or considering its use for telephony, you should understand what the company is and isn’t delivering at this point.

A recent post on nojitter.com, Skype for Business in the Cloud: A Survival Guide, recaps the news and discusses the most important aspects of this news and how each of the two available options will affect business users. Here is an excerpt:

The first option, Cloud PBX, enables companies to shift their current on-premises instances of Skype for Business into the cloud. In the prior operating model, those wishing to use Skype for Business telephony with Office 365 essentially had two separate systems: the on-premises server for real-time applications and Office 365 for email, calendar, and file sharing. With Cloud PBX, enterprise customers can save money and reduce complexity by shifting everything over to Microsoft’s cloud — though they still need an on-premises gateway for PSTN connectivity. The second option, PSTN Calling, eliminates the need for the on-premises gateway altogether. This essentially enables Office 365 to deliver fully hosted IP telephony features without requiring on-premises hardware.

Skype for business is growing in popularity among SMBs and enterprise businesses alike. The newly added cloud option is something you may want to explore and decide if it’s the best option for your company.

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