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Is your network ready for Skype for Business? (And how to find out)

Skip Chilcott

Written by Skip Chilcott

In my last blog post, I wrote about the importance of a network pre-assessment to ensure success for UC deployments. Well, exciting news to just come out of Microsoft's WPC, where IR was announced as one of the IT Pro Tool partners to support Skype for Business Online Network Readiness in the new Microsoft Skype Operations Framework (SOF).

The SOF addresses the Plan, Deliver and Operate phases of Skype for Business. A Network Readiness Assessment is a crucial part of the Plan phase, to ensure the network is prepared for Skype for Business. Microsoft has defined two levels of assessment to deliver this; Essentials and Advanced. After working closely with the Microsoft Skype for Business IT Pro Tools partner team, we have ensured Prognosis meets all the requirements for both the Essentials Level, which is focused on readiness and identifying issues, and Advanced Level which offers root-cause analysis and remediation.

The recently announced IR Prognosis Pre-Assessment capabilities will provide valuable insights to test the internal network, as well as connectivity to Skype for Business Online in the Office 365 cloud. Automatically detecting likely issues in performance of voice, video, and desktop sharing facilitating their resolution before migrating to a cloud or hybrid environment. This is delivered via our unique, probe-less design, which means a fast deployment, reducing the time needed to conduct the assessment.

If you want to learn more about network pre-assessment, or see Prognosis in action, drop by and see me and the team at booth #437 while we are here at WPC in Toronto. Alternatively click below to read more and register for the preview program.

Skype for Business Network Assessment

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