There are likely a dozen ways to describe the technical interactions with the end user and discuss the makeup of the SharePoint farm, but here’s a logical way to break this down in such a way that it’s easier to understand.
What is SharePoint?
SharePoint is a web-based, collaborative platform that integrates with Microsoft Office. Launched in 2001, it was sold as a document management and search on a storage system with a portal interface, but SharePoint is highly configurable and usage varies substantially between organizations.
SharePoint Reference Architecture
What is at the Core of SharePoint?
The important aspects to understanding how SharePoint works is to understand the information architecture and site structure with libraries and lists and apps, as well as the services on servers based on role and storage tiers with the variety of content and config database and services databases data structures. The heart of the farm is the config database, and the gold is the content database where the files and content of the lists are stored by default.
SharePoint is a Platform or an Application?
SharePoint is often pushed into a corner and described as a tool, but in the enterprise, it is absolutely a platform. It was designed as a platform that is also an application. What applications it can be is what happens to change over time, and changes from deployment to deployment. Even across an organization there are dozens of uses for the application and platform.
Is this still too difficult to understand?
SharePoint in Plain English – This video is years old, but it is still a great way to simplify the concepts.
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