An Essential Guide on Office 365 Network Connectivity Principles – Part 2

Among the different ways to effectively manage the Office 365 traffic, considering the Network Connectivity Principles is the smartest. These principles are not only effective, but they are also easy to consider. Here is the second part of our blog series that gives you a comprehensive idea on Office 365 Network Connectivity Principles.

WAN with regional egress

Improved connectivity performance and end-user experience are experienced by shortening the network path to Office 365 entry points. It can also help you to reduce the impact on the network architecture on Office 365 performance and reliability due to future changes. In order to minimize the name resolution latency, you can perform provisioning local DNS servers in branch locations. Also, check whether they are configured to cache DNS records appropriately.

Local egress direct internet network architecture

The user connections to Office 365 shall take the shortest possible route to the nearest Microsoft Global Network entry point, with the help of Microsoft Global Network’s Distributed Service Front Door architecture. This is an advantage available for Enterprises who have adopted Office 365. Local egress direct internet network architecture makes this happen by allowing Office 365 traffic to be routed over the nearest egress. The user location doesn’t have much importance here.

When compared to the traditional model, the local egress architecture has two main benefits. It optimizes route length to deliver ideal Office 365 performance and allow local egress to reduce the load on corporate network infrastructure. Furthermore, it leverages client endpoint security and cloud security features to make connections in both ends secure.

Avoid network hairpins

In order to achieve the best performance, it is necessary to establish the shortest, most direct route between the user and closest Office 365 endpoint. Network hairpins can occur due to several conditions. Finding them and applying a solution is the key. Configure egress routing to send trusted Office 365 traffic directly. Also, check whether the ISP that is used to provide Internet egress for the user location has a direct peering relationship with the Microsoft Global Network near to that location.

In the next part, we will be discussing the need for enterprise customers to review their network security and risk reduction methods specifically for Office 365 bound traffic. They should also use Office 365 security features to enjoy many more benefits. For now, we would like to give you a good insight into the Dock 365 SharePoint Intranet Portal.

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