SharePoint Online
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This Planning Office 365 Workloads and Applications course will teach you how to plan for Office 365 workload deployments and hybrid solutions. You will learn how to identify hybrid requirements for Exchange and SharePoint hybrid solutions, and how to plan connectivity and data flow for Office 365 services, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Teams. You’ll learn how to plan migration strategies for Exchange, SharePoint, and Teams, and how to determine the best strategies.

Later in the course, you will learn how to plan Office 365 application deployments and how to plan application updates. You’ll also learn about the different update channels and when to use each.

Learning Objectives

  • How to plan for Office 365 workload deployments
  • How to plan for migrations and hybrid solutions
  • How to plan for Office 365 application deployments

Intended Audience

  • IT professionals who are interested in obtaining an Microsoft 365 certification
  • Those tasked with planning Office 365 deployments and migrations


  • A decent understanding of Office 365 workloads, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Teams

As is the case with Exchange Online, you must also estimate the network bandwidth that will be required for your company to run SharePoint Online. To properly plan connectivity and data flow needs, you need to make some assumptions. You need to estimate the average amount of data that a typical page load transfers, how many page loads per hour that a typical user generates, and roughly how many users are expected to be active at any given time. 

With this information, you can at least ballpark the network bandwidth requirements for running SharePoint Online in your environment. When performing calculations, assume that an average interaction or page load transfers approximately 100 kilobytes. A typical user generates about 36 interactions or page loads per hour, and about 10% of a company's users will be active at the same time. Obviously, this will differ by organization, but these are good rules of thumb. 

To demonstrate this, let's use an example. 

Let's assume that your organization employs 1,000 SharePoint Online users that work eight hours a day. Using some estimates, let's calculate the average network traffic for each user using the formula that you see on your screen. 

Assuming an active user percentage of 10%, an organization with 1,000 SharePoint Online users would have approximately 100 active users at any one time. Those 100 users would require approximately 100 times 8,000 bits per second. This translates into 800 kilobits per second of available network bandwidth. If you assume a daily peak of twice the average usage, you can determine that your network connection would need to provide at least 1.6 megabits per second of network bandwidth to support SharePoint Online for your organization. 

It's also important to note that in addition to the bandwidth requirements that we just calculated, SharePoint Online requires a network latency of less than 250 milliseconds.

About the Author
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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.