Microsoft Opens the Office 365 Email Archive Floodgates
Microsoft removes some technical hurdles for companies migrating data to the company's "bottomless" cloud-based email archives.Businesses are apparently flocking to Microsoft's new Office 365 Import Service, heaping so much archived email onto the cloud-based service that they are running into technical roadblocks. "There are millions of Office 365 archives in active use," revealed the Office 365 Archiving Team in a blog post announcing an update to Office 365's email archiving capabilities. IT administrators and end users are also putting the unlimited archive storage featured in Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 through its paces, they added. The Office 365 Import Service helps organizations move their email services to a cloud-delivered model by offering two migration options. One way of moving email archives is to upload Personal Storage Table (PST) files directly to Microsoft's Exchange Online servers. The other way entails an old-school approach to transferring massive amounts of data. "For larger datasets, you can copy PST archive files onto hard drives and mail them directly to Microsoft datacenters," said Danny Popper, program manager of Microsoft Office 365 Information Protection, last month in a statement. "Once we receive the drives, we copy the PST files to internal servers and then import the mail into Exchange Online mailboxes."
Microsoft's enterprise customers seem eager to unload their old emails in large quantities, causing issues and hampering their migration projects. "As customers began using our recently announced Import Service to import terabytes of data from on-premises systems to Office 365, or to manage high volume mailboxes, we've seen a few cases in which a customer reached a threshold that required them to contact Microsoft support and perform manual steps to provision additional space," Microsoft's staffers reported.