HPE Reference Configuration for Microsoft Skype for Business Server 2015 Hybrid design considerations White Paper
This Reference Configuration (RC) is intended to assist companies to effectively navigate design decisions and deployment options when considering a Microsoft® Skype for Business (SfB) Hybrid architecture, incorporating both on-premises components and leveraging online services using HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9 servers, storage and networking products for 5,000 on-premises users. Skype for Business (SfB) Server 2015 provides collaboration and meetings that are integrated with Microsoft Office products, and use the Skype for Business desktop, web and mobile clients, along with the HPE Network Optimizer SDN Application to provide users with the required Quality of Service in real time communications.
This RC outlines three key decision points for choosing a Skype for Business 2015 deployment: the business and legal/regulatory requirements, how to deploy a highly available Skype for Business 2015 server setup, and the high-level steps for setting up Skype for Business 2015 in a Hybrid environment. This white paper provides some level of flexibility for customer customization. When there is customization, the Hewlett Packard Enterprise field or partner engineers should verify the hardware and software versions that are different from the documented solution.
Enterprises are faced with three deployment choices for implementing Skype for Business Server 2015 as listed below.
Skype for Business Server 2015 on-premises deployment involves installing Skype for Business Server 2015 in the organization’s data center or a third-party data center. This type of deployment provides options for customization, third-party integration and adherence to compliance, legal and regulatory requirements. For more detail, visit: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398616.aspx
Skype for Business Online is part of a “Software as a Service (SaaS)” offering from Microsoft commonly referred to as Office 365 (O365). Skype for Business Online provides most (but not all) of the functionality of the Skype for Business Server 2015 (on-premises) deployment on a per user, per month subscription model without having to deploy Skype for Business Server 2015 on-premises. This offering can offer a lower TCO, 99.9% service uptime SLA, and features not available in on-premises deployments, such as large meeting support for more than 250 participants, etc. For more details, visit: https://products.office.com/en-us/business/microsoft-office-365-frequently-asked-questions
Skype for Business Hybrid enables administrators to deploy a portion of their Skype for Business environment on-premises for technical and business reasons, and leverage the benefits of the Skype for Business Online offering for part of the users. This type of deployment provides the maximum number of features for real-time communication and collaboration. For more details, visit:
Target audience: This RC is intended to assist IT decision makers, LOB Managers and Collaboration administrators, Skype for Business Server 2015 architects and Microsoft Windows® engineers engaged in the planning, deployment and management of a physical, highly available Skype for Business Server 2015 infrastructure using HPE ProLiant servers with HPE networking components and an F5 Load Traffic Manager.
Document purpose: The purpose of this RC is to provide a reference configuration to assist in the successful implementation of a 5,000 seat
Skype for Business Server 2015 Hybrid solution in a customer’s environment along with the utilization of the HPE Network Optimizer SDN
Application to provide the Quality of Service (QoS) required for media traffic for on-premises internal users.