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The Hybrid Cloud: Making Office 365 and the Private Cloud Work for You

Presented by Chris Schwab on June 17th, 2014 at 11am EST

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The Hybrid Cloud: Making Office 365 and the Private Cloud Work for You

Are you getting the most out of your SharePoint investment? A lot of Office 365 customers find they can't harness the customization and control needed to properly manage their SharePoint environment. Luckily, the Hybrid Cloud has the answer. Learn how you can use Office 365's Lync and Exchange applications while keeping your SharePoint under the secure, dedicated environment of the private cloud. It's a perfect fit!

This webinar answers the question: What is the difference between private cloud and shared cloud environments and can they work together?

What’s in this Fpwebinar?

  • Overview of Public, Private, and Hybrid Clouds
  • Why the Hybrid Cloud is the best of both worlds
  • What a Hybrid solution should look like when it’s done
  • Use Cases for Private Cloud SharePoint Hosting

First we look at where most organization’s SharePoint environments are located. Of the options, On-premises, Office 365, Private Cloud Hosting, Not Deployed Yet, and Hybrid Solutions, we see that the majority of attendees are on-premises.

What a Public Cloud offering from Office 365 involves:

  • Subscription to Office Suite
  • Lync Web Conferencing
  • Exchange Online
  • SharePoint Online
  • Lync Online
  • Yammer
  • OneDrive

For a closer look at SharePoint Online, check out our previous webinar Know Your Limits: SharePoint in a Private Cloud vs Office 365 Fpwebinar Recording. What a Private Cloud offering from involves:

  • Full featured SharePoint
  • Total control over the server
  • Full administrative access
  • Unlimited customization capabilities
  • Full parity with on-premises solutions

The Hybrid Cloud lets both cloud types work together to find a solution that fits your business. What really is a hybrid cloud? It’s really mixing the whole thing up and using specific pieces to bolt together a proper solution. SharePoint is suited for this because it lets you reach out and do a lot of stuff with data in a lot of locations. Also, especially with Office 365, it’s not like other applications. SharePoint is more of a platform.

It’s like buying a tablet and turning it on and when you use it there is only limited value initially. The store or manufacturer may have added some things to get you started, but it’s not until you start customizing it to your needs that you get the most value from it.

Out of the box SharePoint is the same. There are lots to do in the beginning but also there is a lot of room to build on top of it and start solving problems for your organization. We inherently need a lot of flexibility to customize this environment. This makes it more suited for a private cloud because we can control it. But you want the best of both worlds. The applications like Lync and Exchange that are suited for a public cloud environment can live there, but more intensive parts like SharePoint find a more comfortable home in a dedicated space. Now it is more controllable.

Biggest problem we run into:

How do you integrate it? How does it talk with the rest? This enters into log in and security issues. Users and Admins can get confused and stop adopting it altogether. Office 365 supports Active Directory federated services so ADFS lets us link AD between different locations. Private cloud has the customization ability to place trusts back to your public environment. Now you can get full functionality without losing the parts that your users are familiar with. Hybrid scenarios let you keep the momentum you’ve already established. It will look like one big application. It all just works. One big solution.

Use Cases for Private Cloud SharePoint Hosting:

Intranet Hosting: If it’s heavily customized, uses a lot of third party applications, it needs private cloud capabilities. Separates SharePoint side. Users are familiar with processes.

Extranet Hosting: Bringing in partners or customers that aren’t as familiar with your business. Need extra customization to make usability smooth. Form login, login prompts, third party products can all be involved. This usually requires spinning extranet out into private cloud. Their internal Office 365 handles Lync and Exchange.

For Internet Sites: Manages documents and website. But you don’t want it to look like SharePoint. Not as common as extranet or highly customized intranet, but when it’s needed it makes sense to bring it to private cloud so you can keep single sign on and admin access to control environment while using all the best parts of SharePoint.

In summary, this webinar discussed:

  • Described types of clouds: Public, Private and Hybrid
  • Overview of the Public Cloud by Office 365 and the suite of products included
  • Hybrid: The importance of Integration/SSO and how it should look like to users when it’s done
  • SharePoint in a Private Cloud: same as the installation you use on-premises
  • Use cases for Private Cloud SharePoint Hosting

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