It’s no secret that more organizations are migrating their IT workloads to the cloud. In 2014, an estimated 87% of organizations were using the public cloud, up from 61% in 2013. Yet many organizations are undecided on how SharePoint fits into their cloud strategy. There are 3 choices for a SharePoint cloud strategy – Office365, Azure or a Hybrid deployment – and to complicate matters, there’s no single solution that works for every organization. In some situations, the best solution can be a little of both Office 365 and Azure, but how are you supposed to know which is the best solution for your organization? In this three-part series, we will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each cloud solution – providing you with the right questions, tools and resources in determining the appropriate cloud strategy for your organization.
Just to make sure we are all up-to-date on what Office 365 is and how it works, let's watch this quick video.
Migrating SharePoint to Office 365
Office365 is Microsoft’s leading Software-as-a-Service (SAAS) offering that bundles messaging with Exchange Online, unified communications with Lync Online, and collaboration with SharePoint Online. Of the three cloud options for SharePoint, SharePoint Online provides the lowest total cost of ownership by including:
• Hardware and Maintenance
• Upgrades and Patches
• Guaranteed Availability
• Pay-As-You-Go with Scalability
Since SharePoint Online is fully managed by Microsoft, customers receive the benefits of Microsoft’s privacy practices:
• No Advertising – customer email, documents and data is not scanned or mined
• Data Portability – customers own their data and can export at any time
• No Mingling – customers can keep their corporate data separate from their consumer data
SharePoint Online is able to provide so much, at a low cost, because the software runs in a multi-tenant environment. For the customer, this means that SharePoint Online is not as customizable as the on-premises version of SharePoint. Complex applications built on SharePoint and deep integration with other systems outside of Office365 can be restricted in SharePoint Online.
Be sure to follow this blog - next week we'll be talking about the Windows Azure solution for SharePoint migration.