A Guide to Microsoft Office 365 Migration Cost
One of the first questions our potential customers want to know when they call our company is…
How much does it cost to migrate email and files to Microsoft Office 365?
Although this is a very difficult question to answer because not all environments are the same, we will do our best to explain some general pricing guidelines and what you need to consider for the Office 365 migration project.
What is Office 365 (O365)?
Office 365 is a set of cloud-based software by Microsoft (MS). Depending on the plan or subscription you purchase, it may include the latest version of Azure Active Directory, Intune, Exchange Email, SharePoint and OneDrive online storage, Office Apps Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Teams for Voice & Voice Calls.
The plan you select will depend on the business needs for your employees. For small-to-medium business, we recommend going with Microsoft 365 Business Plans. For medium to large businesses, we recommend going with Office 365 Enterprise E3-E3 plans.
The most popular plans include Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Business Standard, and Business Premium. The maximum of users supported is 300 for Microsoft Business Plans, if you have over 300 employees, you need upgrade to Office 365 Enterprise plan. For most SMB company, we recommend M365 Business Premium because it provide great value that includes emails, calendar, storage, voice & video meeting, plus the advance security to help manage your risk. Things have changed, Cyber attacks are way up since people have started working from home last year.
Factors That Influence Your Office 365 Migration Cost
Once you determined the Office 365 Plan that is right for your business, you will need to budget for the cost of migrating your email from the current email system to O365.
For the purpose of this article, we will focus on the migration to Office 365 Exchange email only. We will not cover Azure Active Directory, Intune Device Managenent, SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, or any other online products that are included in Office 365 plans as they would not be considered part of the email migration project. An email migration project will transfer all emails and folders from one email account into another email account. For example, from firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com.
Here are some of the factors that could affect your migration cost:
Number of Users or Mailboxes
In general, the more mailboxes you have, the lower the cost per mailbox you will pay for the migration project. To be clear, ask for a Scope-of-Work (SOW) including “What Is” and “What Is Not” covered in the migration services. eSudo provides a complete SOW with each project.
Size of the User’s Mailbox
The size of the user’s mailbox refers to how large or the total of all email messages (all the email messages including attachments in one account). The larger the mailbox size, the longer it takes to migrate to Office 365. Some users with a large mailbox size (over 25 GB) may also have corrupted messages and may need to be cleaned up before the account is migrated over to O365. Some messages may not migrate if the attachment is corrupted or too large. To reduce the mailbox size, we often recommend emptying deleted messages and deleting any old sent messages over 3 years old. Alternatively, we recommend archiving messages over 4 years old to a local personal Outlook file. This will help reduce the amount of time it takes to download the messages (during the migration process), this also has the benefit of helping with the overall performance of your Outlook Client.
Existing Email Server or Data Source
Will the age of your current email system affect the cost of your migration? Migrating emails from older Microsoft Exchange server systems or non-Microsoft email servers will take more time to prepare before we start the migration process.
- If you are currently using an older in-house or On-Premise Exchange Server 2010 (or older, SBS 2007-2010), there some additional steps involved before we can start the migration process
- If you are using POP3/IMAP server, Google G-suite (Workspace), all your messages may have to be downloaded to Outlook and stored locally.
- If you are using multiple PCs or mobile devices for email, there may be different copies of your messages on different devices because your messages are downloaded; meaning, they are not synced with each other. As a result, we will need to determine which device stores your most recent messages and try to consolidate them into one copy (onto one PC). This will require additional time to prepare and conduct a cleanup before we are able to start the migration process
Integration with Windows Server Active Directory (On-premise)
Businesses that have invested in Windows Server Active Directory for user accounts and password management usually do not want to keep track of another password when moving to Office 365. There is a solution for this. Implementing Single Sign-on with Active Directory using Azure AD Connect can help maintain the coexistence between Cloud and on-premise servers to use the same Windows Domain account password as for Office 365 email. I.e. one username/password sign-on for both Active Directory and M365.
This integration makes it simpler to manage user email addresses and passwords and will result in saving time and money for your business; however, adding this feature contributes to more setup cost.
Integration with third-party application or network devices
Do you have any third-party applications, such as a CRM, network scanner or copier, that needs to send out emails? We will need to look into the compatibility of the application or network device. For example, the application or network device must meet the security requirements for Office 365 before it is allowed to send or relay email via the Office 365 mail server.
If so, we can assess your options and determine the time for setup and the associated cost involved.
Three Different Migration Options to Office 365 Email
While companies can migrate to O365 on their own, the most effective way to transition their environment, and to minimize downtime, is by relying on a Microsoft Cloud partner like eSudo.
eSudo offers a variety of services to get you started, from simply walking you through the signup and initial configuration to turn-key migrations from existing in-house email servers or another hosted email provider.
Option 1 – Basic implementation without mail migration. This involves setting up a custom email domain for your business and verifying that you can send and receive emails.
Option 2 – Implementation with Mail Migration and Outlook or PC Configuration. In addition to Option 1 and 3, eSudo will help configure PC Outlook Mail Client and Mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone) to connect to Office 365. This include some on-site services. It is our most popular option for customers that need end-to-end service.
Option 3 – Implementation with Mail Migration. In addition to Option 1 services, eSudo will migrate email, calendar and contact data for email users from Exchange or POP3/SMTP servers or Google G-suites.
After the email migration has finished, there are a lot features and automation your business can leverage Microsoft 365. Here are some suggestions:
- AutoPilot for automating the setup Computer Setup and application management using Azure AD and Intune MDM
- Cloud File Storage replacing on-premise File server or other cloud storage such as Dropbox or Box or Google Drive
- Modem Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) policies for phones / tablets including company owned and BYOD – this could be done at the same time as Email migration so users can enroll with Outlook on their device and would cut down on time for this part of the Project.
- DLP (Data Loss Prevention) Policies and setup
- Restricting OneDrive and SharePoint Syncing only to company AAD joined devices
- Further Office 365 Hardening – we have a lengthy process for granular 365 hardening and would need input from the business
- Development of policies and procedures for the business in terms of cyber security and technology usage
- Data labelling and classification for protection
Based on our extensive experience, eSudo can remove the worry and hassle from the migration process with proven results! Whether you have 5 or 300+ users, we have the experience to meet your organization’s unique deployment needs.
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Starting at just $150.00 to migrate to Office 365, our services are priced well below industry standards.
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Last Updated: June 2021