Understanding your options for Skype for Business deployment

Skype for Business is one the most versatile components in Microsoft Office 365. It was created from Lync (the company’s previous platform for multichannel collaboration across chat and video) and was given the name of one the largest ever Microsoft acquisitions. The platform combines several key functions into one easy package.
Skype for Business is a great collaboration tool. How do you deploy Skype for Business within your company?
Skype for Business: Online or on-premises deployment options
Skype for Business, like many other components in Office 365 can be deployed in the Cloud, using your own IT infrastructure, or a combination of both. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. Skype for Business Online is the cloud-hosted version. It is similar to other cloud services in that it requires minimal maintenance but offers less control. Skype for Business Online is a smart choice if Office 365 meets all your organizational requirements for technical compliance and legal compliance. There are some tradeoffs to it compared to the Skype for Business server, such as less access to APIs, lack of persistent chat, and Video Interop Servers (VIS)
It cannot dial in to a local private branch exchange (PBX), but it can access audio conferencing providers and public switched phone networks. Its PSTN implementation is managed directly by Microsoft. This simplifies administration and may reduce costs as local infrastructure is not needed. It is impossible to manage some dependencies in SharePoint and Exchange unless these applications, as well as Skype for Business, are located on-premises. The shortcomings of Skype for Business Online can be addressed in Office 365. Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Groups are both options for persistent chat rooms. This app may eventually replace Skype for Business for many end users. Skype for Business Server is an on-prem installation of Skype for business. Skype for Business Server can be deployed locally and is more integrated than Skype for Business Online. It also allows for more control. Server is a way for organizations to exchange the convenience of Online and some advanced functionality.
“On-prem Skype for Business offers persistent Chat.”
Skype for Business on-prem offers persistent chat, VIS calls, and full access the platform’s APIs for programmers. It can also be used with local PBX infrastructure. Skype for Business Server works in the same way as any traditional IT system except that it integrates multiple forms and communication into one platform. Skype for Business Server is more complex than Skype for Business Online and requires more maintenance and oversight. It requires minimal hardware and software requirements. This includes controlling everything, from its CPU and memory to which versions of Windows Server or PowerShell it must use. It is crucial to have IT professionals who are experienced in managing such complex systems.
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