Network capacity planning for O365 migration made simple

Network capacity planning for O365 migration made simple

The continued growth of cloud applications, and in particular the Microsoft stack (O365, Sharepoint, Dynamics, S4B), is adding a significant amount of new traffic onto WAN and internet links.  This is posing lots of challenges for network managers on capacity planning, link upgrades and ensuring the performance of the apps.  

Common questions that emerge include;

  • How do we know if the network will need more capacity if we have no baseline to start from?  
  • How much traffic will the new apps add?Do we upgrade the link in advance, or establish an ExpressRoute connection?  
  • How do we justify the cost of an upgrade or new link if we can’t prove we need it?
  • Do we wait and hope that performance issues don’t occur?
  • If performance issues do occur, how quickly can we upgrade existing links or add new ones, and what happens in the meantime?

Answering these questions has been time consuming, costly and complex for most network managers, and often left to chance.  Sinefa now allows network managers to answer all of these questions based on facts.

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The image above documents how Sinefa can provide an insight into the applications using the network.  In this instance, we’ve selected a 14 day time range, and it is simple to note that O365 has consumed 42.7 Gbps of combined traffic,and 7.5% of the link.  The network manager is able to drill down to user, operating system, hosts and flows.  Sinefa provides utilisation of the top 100 apps consuming the link.

Network managers use Sinefa to establish the baseline, pre and post migration of new apps.  They get immediate insights into how the network is being utilised and are able to see the additional traffic profile of the new apps.  Sinefa also provides traffic shaping which ensures you’re able to control the bandwidth for the first replication of mailboxes of O365.  Left unchecked, this replication can consume all the available bandwidth and impact all apps and the user experience.

Capacity planning made easy #nomorefingerpointing

Network manager unsuspectingly reduces network costs by 25%

Network manager unsuspectingly reduces network costs by 25%

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