We are always asked by our customers whether SharePoint On-Premises still makes sense or whether the future is completely in the cloud. Will Microsoft even complete the development of SharePoint on Premises?
Some fashionable features, such as Delve, are only planned for the Office 365 SharePoint Cloud solution. The line with Mobile First – Cloud first has also been clearly defined since the appointment of Satya Nadella as CEO of Microsoft. These circumstances have probably led to the fact that voices are often voiced recently that Microsoft SharePoint completely discontinues on-premises and only relies on the cloud. Microsoft, however, rejects these rumors and promises long product life cycles and many other generations of SharePoint On-Premises.
They also have every reason for this because SharePoint On-Premises is a billion-dollar business, which many customers have invested in the past and invested accordingly. If Microsoft SharePoint were now set, that would be a better sales and image loss. Not to mention the current revenue loss that Microsoft will have to the new license model of Windows 10. Another cash cow just to slaughter would be fatal.
In our view, SharePoint On-Premises will not disappear from the market in the short or medium term. Both SharePoint On-Premises and the Office 365 Cloud solutions offer advantages and disadvantages.
On-Premises mean – in general – that the operation of software runs on its own hardware. Licenses are purchased and implemented on the so-called “on-site infrastructure”.
With SharePoint, this means that a project must also provide the appropriate infrastructure, such as servers and licenses. During ongoing operation, it must then be supervised, constantly checked and updated. To do this, trained IT staff or a SharePoint service provider is required to set up and operate the SharePoint solution. In addition to the investment costs, costs also arise during operation, so that no downtime is possible. This can be expensive due to the loss of data and the limited workload of the employees.
The advantage of this solution is clear that the complete environment, including all data, is the company itself. The customization of the solution gives you all the freedom, as SharePoint On-Premises is completely individualizable.
With Office 365, however, not all custom apps can be used.
On-Premises solutions are independent of the Internet. Especially in Germany, this should be taken into account, because here the grid expansion is far behind in comparison to other countries. Slow Internet, or no Internet access at all, due to the load peaks and failures of the Internet providers make working in the cloud sometimes impossible.
Integration of the SharePoint environment into an existing system landscape and the exchange of data between different systems are usually easier to implement.
With the On-Premises solution, your company retains the right to carry out updates themselves. In the case of Microsoft’s cloud solutions, on the other hand, the IT giant decides which updates are to be carried out. Unthinkable when an important feature suddenly no longer exists after the update or a bug in the update lapses the entire IT infrastructure.
Cloud solutions with SharePoint
With the Cloud, one goes away from the own infrastructure. The IT performance is provided as a service over the Internet. The benefits of the cloud are that all data can be made available from anywhere. Cloud solutions are also more scalable and short-term provisioning is also possible.
Another advantage of the cloud solution is the cost factor. It is only paid for what is needed and the investment costs that you have with the On-Premises solution are also eliminated. At SharePoint Online, Microsoft takes over the infrastructure and basic configuration, but also allows only a correspondingly limited, customer-specific adaptation of the service. However, costs for trained IT staff or a service provider are already included.
Hybrid Cloud Solutions with SharePoint
In the hybrid cloud, you can mix and flexibly combine elements from the cloud with elements from the on-premises solution.
This solution offers some freedoms and can be perfectly adapted to almost all possibilities.
Microsoft itself describes its hybrid solution as follows: “However, on-premise, hosting solutions and cloud services are now no longer mutually exclusive. Microsoft offers flexible mixed models, so-called hybrid cloud solutions that combine the benefits of all models and are tailored to the needs of the enterprise. “
From the comments of Microsoft employees, one can interpret that also for Microsoft in hybrid environments, at least Medium term, the future will lie. Microsoft has learned that it is just too early for a simple cloud environment for most companies.
Thus, more and more hybrid solutions, such as the improved search logic via Delve, are brought to the market with local data storage. While up until recently, two separate search indices were necessary for each local and cloud, there is now a real hybrid solution with a search index for both.
The ability to store the metadata of On-Premises files in the cloud can be indexed and output. In the future, the search results will be combined with data from e-mails, Skype, files, Yammer and OnDrive combined with local information.
Our strategy: to combine SharePoint On-Premises with the benefits of cloud services
If we are developing solutions for our customers, we prefer the hybrid path and rely on SharePoint On-Premises – combined with the benefits of the cloud services. Depending on the requirements of the customer, we develop a hybrid strategy that combines all the advantages.
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