Yes, Private Cloud Plays Nice with Office 365

October 15th, 2018
Andrew Bunyi
Andrew BunyiCloud CIO

Make absolutely no mistake about it: Everything and everyone is more successful when they’re matched with compatible partners. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. David Lynch and Laura Dern (or Kyle MacLachlan, or Miguel Ferrer, or Sherilyn Fenn). The list is endless.

Nothing in this life is truly perfect—at least, not on its own. We all have our little faults or gaps in skill. But with the right partner, you’re in a far better position to fix those faults and fill those gaps than you ever could be on your own. In a lot of ways, that’s what collaboration is all about.

End Users Benefit from Seamless Collaboration

Collaboration is especially important when it comes to a topic that is very near and dear to all of us: technology. Maybe the most simplistic example of this is the partnership between your smartphone and your office’s Wi-Fi Internet connection. Your modem is what connects to the Internet … but you can’t connect that directly to your phone. There’s a skills gap there, so to speak. For that, you need a wireless router—something that will take that Internet connection and turn it into a secure, fast and efficient Wi-Fi network for the benefit of your phone and the devices of others.

In a lot of ways, private cloud virtualization is exactly like that, particularly when it comes to software like Microsoft’s Office 365. To guarantee success, not to mention the outcomes you were after in the first place, you need a partnership that is going to carry you over the finish line, so to speak. That’s why it’s so critical for your private cloud virtualization software to work well with Office 365. You’re not going to get very far without it.

Private cloud and office 365

The Power of Partnerships: When Two Pieces of Software Become One

For a moment, think about all the things that a solution like Microsoft Office 365 is supposed to bring with it. Not only do you have a suite of applications devoted to creating nearly any type of content, but it’s also supposed to unlock a bold new era of collaboration, communication and productivity for your organization—essentially all at the same time.

It’s those final three points—collaboration, communication and productivity—that are at risk when your private cloud virtualization software doesn’t play nice with Office 365.

With the right virtualization software at your side, you get virtual desktops that are ready for end users immediately. Not only do they have the full suite of Office 365 software programs to play with (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype for Business, SharePoint Online and others), but they’ll also have access to benefits like:

  • Sharing files—even massive ones—with others from anywhere
  • Syncing files effortlessly from their own virtual desktop to a local computer, allowing them to continue to be productive even if an Internet connection goes down
  • Real-time collaborating on projects, even if one of the users happens to be halfway around the world on vacation at the time

Private cloud accessibility

As a business professional and leader, you also get access to features like sophisticated employee productivity tracking, a remote management platform to monitor all your private cloud servers, better control over which desktops can access which programs and data and much more. But if your private cloud virtualization software isn’t built to collaborate with Microsoft Office 365 in the first place, you’ll have access to … exactly none of these things.

Everyone Benefits from Teamwork

When these two solutions work in tandem with one another, you get all the features (and the accessibility to those features) as outlined above. But you also get seamless processing and provisioning. Your end users get to enjoy a superior user experience, as every tool laid out in front of them actually works in all of the ways that they’re supposed to.

Everyone (from company leadership to that new hire you just brought on to help with seasonal fluctuations) can truly take advantage of a comprehensive system that just “clicks” in all the right ways. Unless there’s no partnership at all. Then, you can’t.

At that point, you’re a lot like a smartphone trying to connect to the Internet without a router. Sure, that modem is connected to that fancy high-speed fiberoptic network you pay so much for. But it’s not on your business’ network, is it?

Make the Most of a Good Thing

Most things in life work better when a partnership is involved. For another, less tech-oriented and decidedly more delicious example of this, look no farther than Ben & Jerry. If you truly want to be able to get the most out of your IT environment, and especially your private cloud virtualization software and the productivity suites you’ve come to depend on like Office 365, you need to make sure that these two things are compatible.

Otherwise, you’ll wind up in a situation where you’re spending a great deal of money on assets of which you’re only unlocking a fraction of the potential … which, in a lot of ways, is what private cloud virtualization was supposed to help you avoid in the first place.