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End of Life for Lync Hosting Pack v2

Microsoft has announced the end-of-life for it's Lync Hosting Pack v2, Because Microsoft Lync is one of Server Centre's OnDemand services we thought we’d explain what this end-of-life means for all hosted Lync customers—whether you’re with Server Centre or another hosting provider.

First, the good news: If you’re a Lync customer with Server Centre, the discontinuation of Hosting Pack v2 doesn’t affect you at all because we never liked Lync Hosting Pack or used it (more about that later).

What is Lync Hosting Pack?

Microsoft’s Lync Hosting Pack is essentially a cut down version of Lync tailored for hosting providers because it allows for an easier deployment of a multitenant solution. However, this easier route for the hosting provider comes at the expense of serveral key features for the customer. For example Response Groups can't be used with the Lync Hosting Pack.

Despite the lack of these key features, Lync Hosting Pack is widely adopted by hosting providers because it is offered by Microsoft for multi-tenant environments making the providers job easier.

But that wasn’t good enough for us. With business customers around the world, including many large corporations, our team has always believed that it is more important to ensure customers have access to as many features as possible rather than to take the easy route. Fortunately, our team has the experience and ingenuity to implement the full-featured Microsoft Lync product in a multi-tenant solution. Not all hosting providers do.

Implementing a multi-tenant solution with Microsoft’s full featured base product is no easy task. Tenant segregation must be implemented from the ground-up using Lync and Active Directory permissions and properties. This is presented to our customers and Service Desk through our CloudCentre management and provisioning portal. Hiding all the complexities of provisioning and ensuring all steps are completed.

Server Centre customers are in good hands

We made the decision a long ago to use the full-fledged version of Microsoft products and tackle the complexities of a multi-tenant deployment head-on. This recent announcement from Microsoft proves once again that our team is committed to doing all the heavy IT lifting so that our customers can work smarter in the cloud. Server Centre customers can rest assured that the end-of-life of Lync Hosting Pack v2 will have no impact whatsoever on their services.

A similar deployment option was also available on Exchange 2010 by using a hosting switch at setup. Server Centre chose the more complex deployment despite the extra effort it entailed for our team. Our foresight paid off in the long run as Microsoft later dropped this option in SP1, leaving many hosting providers and their customers between a rock and a hard place.

If you would like to discuss anything to do with our Hosted Lync service please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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