March 7th, 2012 Published by

How to Implement SharePoint in a Hybrid Cloud

(This blog is a follow-up to Rob LaMear’s Understanding the Hybrid Cloud SharePoint Model.)

As Director of SharePoint Engineering at, one of my roles is traveling around and talking with people about hosted SharePoint. One of the more interesting comments I get is “My organization has data we can’t move out to the cloud, so we can’t use your service.” Interestingly enough, I love hearing this, because it usually indicates that they haven’t yet considered the most powerful and functional way to implement SharePoint in the Cloud…The hybrid model.

Public & Private CloudA misconception here is that this is an all-or-nothing solution, which is far from accurate. The power of any cloud service is to find services that are great at what they provide, then bolt them together to get the best of everything. Traditionally Hybrid cloud solutions refer to a combination of cloud services and On Prem infrastructure, but you can also consider a hybrid solution a mixture of services in the cloud. Want some examples? We can do that…

“I can’t host my SharePoint in the cloud because I have sensitive data in my farm.” How about this, let’s keep that sensitive data in your datacenter, but what about that extranet you need to have in place for your vendors to interact with? Are you going to bring in external users into the same network serving up your “sensitive” data? How about a Hybrid solution? Host your extranet with a cloud service, and keep your intranet at home. Federate them with a trust or ADFS and be on your way.

How about combining services from multiple vendors? Love Office 365… but need your SharePoint deployment customized with more development capabilities? Why not use all the apps from O365, but host your SharePoint with a private cloud provider like We can get those services federated so things like your presence in Lync will show up in your SharePoint environment.

How about disaster recovery? Need an offsite recovery plan? Let’s mix up some services. How about hosting your production environment with us but failover with a non-SharePoint specific hoster like Amazon or maybe even Azure? Replicate your data to those servers and let us handle your day-to-day SharePoint operations.

The theme here is not to limit yourself to what a single provider can offer. Mix and match. Implement your dev environments with a specialized provider like CloudShare, Intranet On Prem, Extranet, and Internet with, applications on O365. Now everyone is happy because they are getting exactly what they need, when they need it. As you get more comfortable with these services and their strengths, you can probably start moving even that sensitive data out to a specialist like

Let me know if you have any questions, and I’d be happy to explain how can help you design your ideal hybrid cloud solution. Please contact us to request a quote on hybrid cloud SharePoint hosting.

About Chris Schwab

Chris Schwab has written 21 posts in this blog.

If you’re ever faced with a particularly challenging SharePoint query, this is the man to turn to. Truly a SharePoint sponge, Chris spends most of his time soaking up the latest in the SharePoint community, tinkering around on his hosted SharePoint 2010 site and composing PowerShell scripts. A fan of Joel McHale and the lore of Marvel Comics, this new age mountain man can be most often spotted outdoors, rehabbing trails for the Ozark Trail Association, camping or completing the newest grueling exercises from CrossFit. Follow Me on Google+

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  1. fabio
    March 21st, 2012 at 02:45 | #1

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