What’s New with Binary Tree’s Remote Hosted Migration?

With the Gold release of Microsoft’s Office 365 coming very soon, Binary Tree’s Remote Hosted Migration Service (RHM) is now offering “Rich Coexistence” and “Velocity Migrations” using our industry leading migration engine for the best data fidelity available, as well as our finest system interoperability solutions to ensure end users experience the smoothest transition to the cloud. Along with the best technology, we offer the most seasoned service consultants and practices for migrating Lotus Notes and Domino messaging and application environments to Microsoft BPOS-Standard Suite
 
Combined with our already excellent services, customers can also expect some new features, functionality, and improvements with RHM. The following sections briefly outline some of those new subjects and highlight the benefits of each. Migrate from Notes to Exchange Online   

Expanded Coexistence Options
 
On June 28th, 2011, Microsoft Office 365 will go Gold. Binary Tree will be one of the first service vendors offering “Simple” or “Rich” coexistence solutions along with “Velocity Migration” services to the Exchange platform and the only software provider offering full coexistence interoperability, which now includes free/busy information translation between IBM Lotus Domino and Microsoft Office 365
 
Simple Coexistence: With simple coexistence, all email addressed to your company’s domain will continue to be delivered to your on-premises Exchange server. However, email that is addressed to users that have been moved to Office 365 will be forwarded to their Office 365 mailboxes, allowing them to send and receive email from their Office 365 mailboxes using the same on-premises email address.
 
Rich Coexistence: Rich coexistence provides a robust management experience with better integration options for your on-premises server. You can also configure rich coexistence to provide a virtually seamless connection between your on-premises and online environments. With rich coexistence, end users can share calendars and free/busy information with their existing corporate Lotus Domino co-workers, regardless of whether their mail account is online or still on-premises. 
 
Rich coexistence requires that at least one published Internet-facing 64-bit Windows server 2008 R2 is running Internet Information Services (IIS), the Web Server Role, and .NET 3.5.1. Typically, port 80 and 443 are required to be open between firewalls for appropriate communication between systems. 
 
For security purposes, an SSL certification is recommended for IIS that’s issued from a valid third-party Trusted Root Certificate Authority to ensure encrypted free/busy traffic between the customer environment and the cloud.
 
For more information on prerequisites, please download the CMT for Coexistence 3.0.5 Comprehensive Users Guide.
 
Bi-Directional Free/Busy for Office 365
 
Previous to Office 365, BPOS-S customers were unable to take advantage of free/busy services. If the customer required this functionality, they’d have to move up to BPOS-D or remain with an on-premises collaboration environment, like Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Domino. However, this is no longer the case with CMT for Coexistence and Office 365 as described earlier. The greatest advantage provided by this new service is the superior flexibility for scheduling end users and database migrations to the Cloud. This allows the customer larger timeframes by which to accomplish their goals, all while providing the finest end user experience available in a mixed collaboration environment.   
 
For more information on CMT for Coexistence, please click HERE.
 
Enhanced Name Translation
 
In earlier versions of CMT for Exchange, “Name Translations” were limited to only names to corresponding SMTP addresses. With the latest releases, the “Name Translation” functionality has been enhanced to incorporate the migrating objects “legacyExchangeDN” value for continued Exchange mail routing and free/busy compatibility post migration.  
 
An “Address Translation Table” contains the various “Notes Names” of users and their corresponding SMTP Addresses and/or Legacy Exchange Distinguished Names (DN). The translation information contained in the table is used by the CMT for Exchange migration engine to look up every entry in the Domino Directory, and convert it to an SMTP style address and Legacy Exchange DN. Every users’ email address found in every mail message, calendar entry, contact, or task being migrated is translated to its corresponding SMTP address (Internet address) and/or Legacy Exchange DN. 
 
In the previous versions of CMT for Exchange, “Address Translation” resolved the user only to the SMTP address, which resulted in free/busy information not being available in Outlook/Exchange after migration. However, in CMT for Exchange version 3.2, a new feature has been added which enables free/busy information in Outlook after migration because the users in the “Address Translation Table” are resolved to the Legacy Exchange DN instead of the SMTP address. This allows Outlook to utilize the native free/busy functionality on migrated documents. 
 
The name resolution process has been enhanced to retrieve the Legacy Exchange DN, which results in migrated entries resolving to the user mailbox in Exchange, and therefore, correctly populated free/busy information is available, post migration.
 
Updated Migration Engine
 
By utilizing the current release of CMT for Exchange, our customers are benefiting from the most recent improvements in architecture and software for Lotus Domino/Notes calendar, contacts, and mail, journal, and application migrations to Exchange 2010 and Office 365.  
 
For more information on CMT for Exchange, please download the CMT for Exchange 3.2.2 Comprehensive Users Guide.

Improved Processes
 
With the vast experience gained migrating and implementing coexistence solutions to over 25 organizations, our processes, protocols, and methods have been streamlined and simplified, helping our customers and partners gain back the enormous time required for implementation and the execution of migration events.  
 
For more information on Hosted Migrations, please download the Remote Hosted Migration Brochure.

- Richard