The centrally managed email and calendaring service (currently part of the Nexus service provided by IT Services) is being moved to the hosted, cloud-based, Microsoft Office 365 service. This will provide users with:
- A much increased mailbox quota – up to 50GB from 2-3GB.
- Access to OneDrive for Business with 5TB of cloud storage, to facilitate document sharing and collaboration (this will complement, not replace, existing shared drives and systems).
- An easier mechanism for downloading up to five copies of Microsoft Office 2016 to your personal machines, for personal use whilst a member of the University.
A pilot is planned for June/July 2017, to test the migration process and support model, with the remaining email accounts scheduled to be moved to the new service between September and December 2017.
The project team is planning how to implement the change with as little disruption as possible. This has included meeting with groups of Nexus end users (both staff and students) and ongoing engagement with IT support staff and managers to inform the process. We have also worked closely with the information security team to ensure the Office 365 cloud service meets the University’s information security requirements and we will be introducing additional security tools to further improve email protection for users.
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