Nexus 365 project

Transferring Nexus email and calendaring to the cloud

The Nexus 365 project will upgrade the centrally managed email and calendaring service (that is part of the Nexus service provided by IT Services) to the hosted cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 service and implement OneDrive for Business. 

Reasons for making this change are:

  • There is widespread desire from users for increased mailbox quotas and it would not be cost effective to increase the existing Nexus mailbox capacity.
  • The hardware that supports email/calendaring becomes unsupported in September 2017. It would not be cost beneficial to continue hosting the email service on-premise.
  • The University can benefit from the advantageous JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) negotiated amendments to the Microsoft Office 365 agreement, under which many other research-intensive Universities have already made this change.

Objectives

  • To migrate current student/staff Nexus mail (and calendar) accounts to the cloud-based Office 365 service and to provide significantly more storage space.
  • To make available OneDrive for Business for students/staff.
  • To improve the end user experience in obtaining Office 2016.
  • To ensure the central IT Service Desk has appropriately trained staff and supporting materials to support this service.
  • To upgrade and improve the security of our email environment.
  • To identify current non-Nexus mail units who wish to take advantage of the Office 365 environment and to investigate a suitable process for moving them to Office 365.  

Benefits

This upgrade will bring benefits to end-users and be advantageous for the University as a whole.

 The main benefits for the user will be:

  • A much enlarged email mailbox quota: increasing to 50GB from 2-3GB. Users will no longer be charged for mailboxes larger than 3GB.
  • Availability of OneDrive for Business (with 5TB of cloud storage) to share documents and collaborate.  This will complement existing drives and systems.
  • Five free copies of Office 2016 for download to personal machines.   

Advantages for the University as a whole are:

  • Greater capacity and resilience to meet future needs.
  • Better utilisation of the Nexus team.
  • Improved email protection for users through Office 365’s up-to-date security measures along with additional security tools being implemented.

 

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