- January 1, 2017
- Posted by: Zara Mansur
- Category: Blog
Unlike some cloud providers that makes one to choose between data center or cloud service; Office 365 and Azure accommodate “hybrid” integration of cloud services with existing IT environment. This means that one can keep existing business infrastructure server assets in place; while avoiding the need to move or migrate to the cloud at the onset. With hybrid cloud solutions, business reap the benefits from the best of both worlds; more leading edge productivity options in the cloud, all while still maintaining control over existing business applications served on-premises.
With Office 365, business or organization can take advantage of a hybrid model to securely collaborate and operate beyond the boundaries of the traditional corporate network. Using SharePoint Online, one can enhance existing SharePoint on-premises investments with cloud capable services. With Azure, implementing a hybrid model means decreased time-to-market for business solutions. Because of rapid provisioning of underlying server platforms to support those solutions.
SharePoint hybrid is like an extended service topology that spans on-premises SharePoint and integrated Office 365 collaboration capabilities; such as SharePoint Online, Yammer, and One Drive for Business. One can extend datacenter into Azure to host servers and custom applications. Because Office 365 does not allow custom applications to be installed on it. Azure is available from an IaaS and PaaS tier to host those applications. SharePoint Online offers real-time document collaboration authoring in the cloud, SharePoint site hosting, records management, interfacing data from a remote source, and user profile management. IT professionals familiar with SharePoint on-premises will appreciate the cloud-integration investments that Microsoft has made for SharePoint Server 2016.
Though for some organizations, the hybrid approach might be the first step in exploring cloud functionality at their own pace. For other organizations that are making the transition to the cloud; a hybrid environment can serve as an interim step to the end state, offering a gradual, controlled migration. Other organizations might prefer a hybrid environment as the end state. And a perpetual topology to cater to the dynamically changing business and user collaboration workloads.