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Microsoft® Lync® Server 2013 Unleashed Second Edition by Randy Wintle, Alex Lewis, David Ross, Tom Pacyk

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Comparing Topologies

One of the biggest planning considerations with regard to Lync Online is whether a cloud-based Lync deployment is the right choice, and if so, which cloud deployment option best meets the needs of the business. Now that the updated Lync Online/Office 365 platform is available, there are three Lync topology options to choose from: cloud-only topology, on-premise topology, and hybrid topology. The following sections present some comparisons and considerations that can be used to help an organization determine which Lync topology best meets the requirements of the business.

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