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 SharePoint 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.