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  • Migrating SharePoint to the Cloud: Cloud Hybrid
    25 March 2015
    1:15 PM

    Category:Cloud Services; Portals and Collaboration
    Post By:Brad Kazmer

    If you have been following along with our blog series on Migrating SharePoint to the Cloud, you already know that we have covered two other cloud solutions for SharePoint migration - Office 365 and Windows Azure​. ​Today we complete this series by discussing a hybrid cloud solution which could involve ​any combination of SharePoint Online, On-Premises or in Azure. ​After reading through this series, you should have a better understanding of which SharePoint migration is ideal for your situation.

    A Cloud, Hybrid Solution
    A hybrid implementation involves a combination of S​harePoint platforms such as, SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2013 on-premises or SharePoint in Azure.  Hybrid implementations tend to be more common in larger organizations and typically result in leaving a fraction of the existing SharePoint applications on-premises and migrating the remaining content to SharePoint Online.  

    A hybrid deployment is considered when some of the following criteria are met:

    • - Your license or equipment depreciation cycle has not completed

    • - You have a lack of resources to expand the intranet

    • - An area of your portal has significant custom code, restrictive security requirements (geographic, standards-based), or very large files that need extra network bandwidth

    • - Although a hybrid deployment is the most flexible approach, it does have a few limitations to consider:

    • - Search – Although cross-site search can be configured, there are issues with relevance and refiners since results are not treated as aggregated items

    • - Social – Following cross-site documents does not work on the farm that does not contain the user’s profile.  Tags and Notes have similar issues.

    Selecting a SharePoint cloud strategy for your organization will depend on how the benefits of each option match your organization’s needs.  Office 365 is a good choice for distributed users with minimal SharePoint customizations.  SharePoint in Azure is a good choice for portal-wide customizations, heavy workloads and dev/test environments.  A Hybrid deployment is good when SharePoint applications and restrictive data can be isolated from other SharePoint content.

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