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Considering On-Premise, Private Cloud, O365, or hybrid?

Our consultants will be happy to assist in reviewing strategy, potential benefits, and pros / cons of each choice.

We provide a more seamless user experience for Hybrid scenarios specifically focused around collaboration and search workloads. Taking your organization to the “cloud,” is not a decision to undertake lightly, and it demands thoughtful consideration of the practical, financial, technological, contractual and ethical issues. 

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With our Managed SharePoint plus a hosting platform, you’ll never have to implement, update, troubleshoot, patch, monitor, or administer your SharePoint.  Many hosting plans can save you up to 60% compared to On-Premise SharePoint deployments.

We Can Help:

  • Navigate advantages & disadvantages of various cloud options
  • Explain cloud licensing options
  • Strategize architecture for future growth
  • Plan hybrid scenarios focused around collaboration and search

For over years our clients have found highly reliable hosting from our cloud partner AISN.  Their infrastructure as a service combined with our managed SharePoint service is ideal for many of our clients.

We have worked with many hosts and settled on the endorsement of AISN for their superior value and service to our clients year after year.

AIS NetworkAISN provides more reasonable costs than most of the big names. They provide high compliance, secure private cloud hosting, for large enterprises in many industries, notably numerous international corporations and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

AISN is 100% compliant hosting for HIPAA/HITECH, PCI DSS, FISMA, SOX and more.

AISN maintains a world-class, SSAE 16 Type II-certified computing environment for your corporate SharePoint.  This certification, means grueling independent audits to certify the security and integrity operations and hosting environment.

  • Fully managed network with on-site data center
  • Dedicated, redundant 100Mbit+ backbone connectivity
  • 9-way carrier neutral redundant network
  • State-of-the-art security systems
  • Temperature and humidity-controlled environment
  • Redundant network backbone routers, switches and network components on site, redundant HVAC cooling systems, 6 diesel generators to power data center if required
  • Nightly File backup and Anti-Virus Protection

SharePoint Hybrid EnvironmentsWe can assist with SharePoint Hybrid environments planning and execution, and help you understand the process and integration points between SharePoint On-Premises and SharePoint Online.

Hybrid can mean a lot of things to a lot of people with quite a few moving parts, and it can be a daunting task. Add in Authentication and Authorization of Service Applications and it's easy to understand why planning is important before you take your first step.

Here are three ways to make the hybrid cloud work for you:

  • For Sensitive Data: Keep that data in-house and host your extranet in the Cloud to separate your users from utilizing the same network serving up your private data.
  • For Combining Services: Love Office 365 but limited on customization & dev capabilities? Use the apps from O365, but host your SharePoint in a Private Cloud.
  • Disaster Recovery: Host your SharePoint production environment in a Private Cloud but failover to another cloud service or on-premises for backups

How we can help:

  • "Integration" of SharePoint On-Premises and Office 365 SharePoint Online
  • Best practices around configuring the environment to meet specific business needs and managing Identity across a Hybrid Environment
  • Configuring Service Applications for consumption in SharePoint Hybrid focusing on Search and BCS

If you're thinking about private clouds, Microsoft Office 365, or hybrid using Microsoft Azure we can assist you with navigating through all the specialized jargon of cloud technology and understanding the options, and the architectural pros and cons. These are the fundamental models of cloud computing. Contact one of our consultants and will

  • IaaS - Infrastructure as a service
  • PaaS - Platform as a service
  • SaaA - Software as a serviceSharePoint Cloud Computing

Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Productivity with Office 365

Office 365 combines the familiar Office desktop suite with cloud-based versions of next-generation communications and collaboration services: Exchange Online, SharePoint Online,contacts, and calendars on nearly any device - always backed up by robust security, reliability, and control to run your business.

Advantages of Office 365:

  • Familiar Office platform at a great price point. Great for smaller companies with discreet needs. Having predictable and known costs associated with your adoption curve. Great for "proof of concepts" and getting to know SharePoint.
  • Outsourcing the hassle of installing, managing, patching, and upgrading complex software systems. (we provide managed services for On-Premise)
  • In addition, when you sign up for enterprise licensing of Office 365, you also gain licensing rights to On-Premise deployments. This capability makes it possible to store extremely sensitive data or user portals on site.
  • SharePoint Online communications and content management features are nearly identical for on-prem SharePoint.
  • Social features are very strong - use secure Enterprise-class social media to broaden communications and share insights
  • Microsoft is adding new features often like - Chart, Delph, Power BI.

Disadvantages of Office 365:

  • Larger companies may find hidden obstacles when they mature into features of collaboration, business automation, and integration with backend data systems.
  • Relying on network and bandwidth. If your Internet provider goes down, then you haven’t any access to your enterprise software and data.
  • Having data controlled by someone other than your employees. Your data is hosted in Microsoft’s data center. Data compliance may be an issue. There's no easy way to get your data back after it's been placed into O365. You can't access the database directly so if you decide to move On-Premise or a private cloud it's not so easy.
  • There are 15 years' worth of SharePoint add-ons that likely won't be available for O365 for a long time (if ever).
  • Embarrassingly poor online support. The least-expensive Office 365 plans offer online support only. That online-only support could be sufficient if its forums were easy to navigate and answers easy to find. Unfortunately, neither is the case.
  • When you consider all the O365 factors it may turn out that some version of hybrid cloud makes more sense for you.

Our 80/20 Rule

Let us work with you to discuss your business objectives. Our 80/20 rule means we always start discussing business goals 80% of the time and 20% of the time is in designing technology to meet those goals. We can assist you to decide between on-Premise, Private cloud, Office 365, or hybrid - as it makes the best sense for your organization for the long run.

Our many years of intensive partnership with Microsoft allows us to forecast that there is no foreseeable end of SharePoint as an on-premises solution.

There is a host of reasons for this:

  • First: German and European customers’ needs for security. In industries with a large amount of sensitive data, there is a frequent desire to operate corporate critical core processes on-premises, not in the cloud.
  • Second: the update cycle. In contrast to an on-premises solution, customers in the cloud are not able to decide on the time at which they will implement new features.
  • Third: there are also SharePoint functions which are available on-premises, but not in the cloud. So, for example, the on-premises solution is a better solution if the SharePoint platform is primarily used for business intelligence purposes, as the cloud version does not support Performance Point services.
  • And fourthly, available bandwidth is an aspect that cannot be ignored. Companies with poor internet connections will continue to prefer an on-premises solution, as their abilities are dependent only on their own infrastructure.

Demand for on-premises SharePoint solutions will continue to exist. Microsoft confirmed that they want to continue to serve this demand. Microsoft partners like us are able to develop solutions for their customers which function both on-premises and in the cloud. In addition, pure cloud services such as Yammer and Office Graph can be combined in hybrid scenarios with on-premises installations.

Microsoft SharePoint Azure What is Azure?

It can be hard to understand when even Microsoft describes it as "Power, Pipe, & Ping".
(yes they really said that)

Technically Azure is Microsoft's cloud platform and is an industry leader for both
- infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)
- platform-as-a-service (PaaS)

It's Been Hard To Calculate Pricing...

The SharePoint 2013 farm template comes in two flavors

  • A basic two-tier SharePoint 2013 farm (SP + SQL + DC)
  • A Highly Available SharePoint Farm (2 WFE + 2 APP + 2 SQL + 2 DC)

So How Much Does it Cost?

A Basic two-tier farm design shown below on for 8 hrs/day for 20 hours/month is about $170/month. Yes, you are charged by when it's on. Welcome to the future.

DC SQL SharePoint
VM Template A1 A5 A4
RAM 1.75 GB 14 GB 14 GB
Number of Cores 1 2 8

SharePoint Azure Farm Model Highly Available Farm (2 WFE + 2 APP + 2 SQL + 2 DC)

SharePoint Azure Farm Model 


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