Considering moving your SharePoint environment to the Cloud?
“Cloud” is certainly the hot topic in IT right now, and for good reason. Moving your IT infrastructure to the Cloud promises greater flexibility and lower overhead costs. But not all clouds are created equal.
For SharePoint cloud hosting, there are two primary choices: Microsoft Office365 (ie. “SharePoint Online”) or using a dedicated cloud hosting company. Compared to traditional on-premise server farms, both of these options can offer greatly reduced hosting costs. Yet there are some important differences to be aware of between SharePoint Online and private cloud SharePoint hosting.
SharePoint Online features in Microsoft Office365 represent an entirely new way to license and use the SharePoint platform. This new, hosted cloud-based offering delivers SharePoint functionality without the hassles of installation or deployment. For the first time, small business customers can rapidly implement a SharePoint environment for collaboration or document management without the help of an experienced partner or SharePoint consultant. It only takes a few clicks to checkout via the Office365 e-commerce site and you’re ready to go. Plus, SharePoint Online has simple pricing with low-cost options that make SharePoint affordable for small and medium businesses.
However, that simplicity comes with a tradeoff: Office365 SharePoint Online is a limited product which lacks the full set of features available in SharePoint. With Office365, Microsoft has trimmed down SharePoint Online vs. the traditional SharePoint product hosted on-premise. To achieve the full functionality of SharePoint 2010, you need something more powerful than SharePoint Online. Only SharePoint private cloud hosting can deliver true parity with on-premise hosting PLUS the cost savings of the Cloud.
Let’s take a closer look at the limitations of Office365′s SharePoint Online and how it differs from the fully-featured version.
“Could not find file.”
(haunting music plays…)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should already know that we do SharePoint hosting.
We do both Shared (no access to the server) and Dedicated (access to the server). So, why is that important here? Because in a Shared environment, customers are always looking for inventive ways to migrate or backup content.
This is the result of one such customer who was trying to migrate a list from a Shared WSS 3.0 site to their shiny new Shared 2010 Foundation site:
It all started with a list of 600 some-odd items, a number of them having attachments. Since there are attachments, export to spreadsheet is out. Some people have some innovative solutions for exporting SharePoint lists to excel, but they require you to be on the server…and in a Shared environment, you have no such access.
Next option…”Open with Access”
Using Microsoft LiveID for your SharePoint authentication is a pretty popular topic. If you haven’t read much about it, then I strongly suggest reviewing a blog from @wictor here and @amilsark’s post here. Also, you can see how the whole solution works over at Microsoft Education Partner Network and Nothing But SharePoint.
All the buzz around LiveID has prompted numerous customers to ask exactly which of our SharePoint Foundation 2010 hosting plans will facilitate this. Below is a breakdown of Fpweb.net plans that will allow you to setup LiveID claims based authentication for your SharePoint site:
If you are one of the lucky community members who received a free SharePoint 2010 Foundation site, but are having trouble adding the Fpweb.net affiliation badge, I hope to help walk you through the process.
1. You should have received an email linking to a page on our website, which generates your embedded badge script. You must use the link in the email as it includes your unique affiliate ID.
A big present in a little box…
Greetings blog readers! It’s about that time again… time for the SharePoint Ninjas at Fpweb.net to find yet another way to give back to our loyal customers. We are always listening to client feedback – and requests for added functionality within our SharePoint 2010 Hosting plans, constantly exploring the feasibility of implementing these features for you.
One such feature request was adding the ability for end users to change their own SharePoint site passwords. If you’ve been a SharePoint hosting customer with us since the old WSS 3.0 days, you may recall that this functionality was built into the v3 product. Unfortunately, in order to make our multi-tenant SP 2010 Foundation plans scalable and FLEXible – we had to configure the dedicated SharePoint Server 2010 farms in such a way that this functionality was removed.
Part 1 of our series: “SharePoint 2010 Hosting FAQ Conversations”
Every day, we’re honored to receive tons of questions from potential customers who want to know more about our world-class SharePoint hosting services.
By now, you may have heard about the new integration and web database publishing features possible with Microsoft Access 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Access Services. However, you might find yourself asking, “What about SharePoint 2010 Foundation?”
I get asked this question daily: “Why should I upgrade to 2010 Foundation from WSS v3?”
There are too many reasons to list in my opinion, but I’ve jotted a few down below. Some are for the everyday user like me and others are for the developer or SharePoint engineer types. One thing is for certain, SharePoint Foundation 2010 is a game-changer when compared to its predecessor: Windows SharePoint Services 2007.
Exclusive SharePoint 2010 admin tools from the Pioneers at Fpweb.net
As you may have heard, Fpweb.net recently launched its multi-tenant SharePoint 2010 Foundation hosting plans among the rest of the hosted SharePoint 2010 plans a few weeks ago. If you are a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 shared-hosting customer moving to SharePoint 2010, you will notice some exciting and powerful changes that were not available in WSS v3. All of our Starter and Group SharePoint Foundation hosting plans come with 2 site collections as part of the hosting package. One is your main site collection which you will use for your collaboration portal, and the other is your tenant administration site.
SharePoint 2010 has more “flavors” to choose from than SharePoint 2007. But unlike Ben & Jerry’s – where the choices are fun to sample, SharePoint’s are, well… not so much fun to make sense of. No worries, Fpweb.net SharePoint Experts to the rescue with a small plastic spoon. We have been sorting out SharePoint licensing for our customers for over a decade now. Can we skip right to Cherry’s Garcia or Chunky Monkey?
So let’s identify the versions and talk about a few discoveries we have made getting our hosted SharePoint 2010 offering ready for you.