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Cloud and hybrid solutions for your office communication

  • Cloud consulting with release and update strategy
  • Hybrid design and concept
  • Decision criteria for costs and benefits
  • Best practice with example of Office 365


Many companies operate their office communication and software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, file archiving, email, SharePoint and Skype for Business) in their own IT infrastructure. For smaller to medium-sized companies these services are run on virtual machines. The virtual systems are installed on a number of physical servers.
The licenses for the use of the clients (i.e. office suites) and the correct licensing of the corresponding services on the own servers (e.g. Exchange CAL's ) are almost always purchased and are the property of the company.
The use of these exclusively on-premise IT structures takes away the opportunity for many companies to exploit the opportunities and advantages of cloud-and hybrid solutions.
The cloud and hybrid solution of Office 365 from Microsoft is focused on office communication and offers considerably more added value compared to exclusive on-premise operation:
  • Almost unlimited storage space for emails 
  • 1 terabyte of user-related storage space for the storage of own files
  • Proportional amount of SharePoint storage space 
  • Additional products such as Skype for business, Delve or Sway
Furthermore, this includes all the necessary rights for client licensing and access licensing for the servers.

Microsoft cloud consulting from Rödl & Partner

In consultation with you we elaborate the best variant for the respective use case. Furthermore, using the CSP program from Microsoft we have the necessary licenses. We are your contact partner for technical matters and also for the licensing environment.
The IT system in the cloud and also the Office applications from the cloud are largely standardised and difficult to adapt to the requirements of your company.
Therefore, before deciding to use Office 365 it is necessary to carry out a detailed fit-gap analysis which we carry out together with you.

​Release and update strategy

Cloud use means being up-to-date. We support you with cyclical software renewals for the front and back end.

Hybrid design compared to cloud only

While some companies opt to move completely into the cloud, the structure of other companies makes this less practical.
Many companies decide on individual on-premise solutions with a high degree of operational maturity. Due to the very limited possibilities of adaption in the cloud, hybrid scenarios have to be set up. This enables the combination of the individual on-premise approach with the advantages of the cloud. A number of examples:
  • Exchange in a hybrid scenario, in order, for example, to continue to benefit from existing Exchange extensions from third-party products.
  • Skype for Business in a hybrid scenario to integrate the existing VoIP-capable telephone system in Skype for business.
  • File server integration via on-premise SharePoint for migration of data to the cloud.
In consultation with you, Rödl & Partner develops high quality hybrid scenarios for your requirements.

Cloud use and costs

For companies cloud use does not always mean lower costs. The reasons for this are:
  • Additional servers are required to identify the users and synchronise with the cloud 
  • Additional servers are required to establish hybrid designs
  • All existing 3rd party products require an update to be able to uphold the product strategy of Microsoft
  • Parallel costs are incurred in the course of data migration and there are one-off project costs to enable the data migration
Office 365 then offers you the best benefits when on-premise and Microsoft cloud services are correctly combined. We will help you to achieve this.

With Rödl & Partner in the cloud

We have extensive experience in advising companies with the selection and implementation of hybrid or cloud-only scenarios. 
Rödl & Partner
  • Supports approx. 4000 users in Office 365
  • Offers license management for small, medium-sized and large customers
  • Provides support for the selection of the right operational set-up 
  • Analyses and provides support for the transfer to the cloud


​​​​​Do you have any questions regarding the collaboration and cloud services of Rödl & Partner? Markus Merk​ ( +49 711 7819 144 30) or​ Rol​a​​nd Leick​​ (+49 6864 8906 1303) will be happy to help you. ​


​Nowadays, medium-sized companies are showing more and more increased interest in Microsoft Cloud topics. Not only since the beginning of the pandemic, the topic of Cloud is getting more and more significant in companies. The advantages are obvious: flexibility, access anytime and anywhere, customized pricing models, etc. But these topics also bring challenges for companies. Rödl & Partner's business and IT consulting helps you to master these challenges together.


Rapid deployment

of a modern, secure workplace


Work from anywhere:

Whether in the home office, in the train, at the finca in Spain, ...


Reduction of the costs of your own infrastructure

with the application of Office 365


Office 365

always remains up to date


Clear software licensing models for companies -

flexibility in case of changes


Optimization of your own

IT personnel planning


​Almost every company has its own historical background with On-Premise environment for IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology). This evolved infrastructure is often not homogeneous: different server and software states and outdated, insecure operating systems pose a threat for cyber-attacks. The evolved structure also makes the license overview opaque and hardly comprehensible.


​With our certified data centers in Germany, Rödl & Partner accompanies you on your way to the Microsoft Cloud. We enable you to work both platform- and location-independently, so that unforeseen events do not negatively impact your business.


Customized planning

for the deployment of Microsoft 365




With the fail-safe integration of Identity Provider with Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), you gain the following benefits:

  • User identity for Microsoft Cloud and On-Premise remains the same. Logon to Microsoft 365 with familiar credentials.
  • Single Sign On (SSO) for rich and web applications.
  • Integration of third-party Cloud and On-Premise applications such as learning portals, HR solutions, web portals, etc.


Hybrid scenario between On-Premise and Microsoft Cloud:
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Teams with telephony integration, via Avaya technology or Microsoft Cloud


Cloud Backup - Add-on solution for your company: backup & restore of your data stock




For flexible, location-independent and secured access to your On-Premise and Cloud resources, we offer the use of intelligent Always On VPN solutions. Your advantages:

optimized network access to both your (On-Premise and Cloud) infrastructures.

Access is secured with NextGen Firewall  



For further security and management of your standard and mobile devices, we recommend the use of MDM solutions.

Microsoft Intune is the optimal solution for your Microsoft Online and On-Premise infrastructure.


Enhanced security of your business data with multi-factor authentication (MFA) for Cloud and On-Premise services




Many complementary solutions for Microsoft infrastructures, e.g.:

construction of 2- or 3-tier public key infrastructure

application delivery, reverse proxy, load balancing solutions

disclaimer and signature implementation for your e-mail business correspondence

centralized email encryption and email signing solutions

Audit-proof mail journal archiving and rule-based mail archiving


CSP is a new sales and service platform from Microsoft. With its support, IT service providers can offer their customers Microsoft's Cloud computing portfolio directly and manage it for them.


As a CSP partner, we can now accompany and manage the entire lifecycle for you. We are also able to offer you - our customers - Office 365 and Windows Intune for managing mobile devices and PCs in the Cloud on a subscription basis. Individual billing and support services are of course available to you. Would you like to learn more? Then please feel free to contact us.


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Markus Merk

CEO Rödl IT Operation GmbH, Director GmbH


+49 711 7819 144 30

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Adam Bielak

Head of Competence Center Collaboration Services

+49 6864 8906 1881

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