SharePoint on Azure, AWS or Fpweb.net’s Cloud?
You can easily move SharePoint to the Cloud with Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS or Fpweb.net. But what are the real differences between the three?
First you need to examine your business. How are you using SharePoint now and what are your plans for the future? Let’s look at the real world issues of moving SharePoint to any of the three SharePoint IaaS and PaaS providers by picking them apart one by one.
SharePoint IaaS is Trending!
I’m writing this blog in Orlando as Gartner’s 2013 Symposium IT Xpo wraps up. The Xpo is billed as the world’s largest gathering of CIOs and IT executives. (3,000 and 5,000 respectively.) Yes, there is some serious geek power here and with Gartner’s insight, it has been quite a week. Both SharePoint and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) were discussed and analyzed in depth and the results are rather interesting.
Sure, in one sense Microsoft SharePoint is an application: the SharePoint software package is installed and deployed directly on a server (or cluster of multiple servers). But SharePoint is so much more than just another enterprise-level application. Fundamentally, SharePoint is also a platform. Beyond its ‘off-the-shelf’ capabilities for online collaboration and workflow management, SharePoint also serves as the backbone to enable specialized apps and solutions from third-party vendors.
Are you in the Cloud yet? Microsoft and Fpweb.net are “all in”. Cloud computing adoption is soaring, but there are still a lot of IT pros and decision makers who don’t trust or simply don’t understand the benefits and details of how it works.
So what’s ‘The Cloud’ all about?
Cloud computing takes the efficiency gained by virtualization over physical hardware to the next level. With the Cloud, computing resources can be scaled up and down on demand better utilizing the underlying computing resources.
Cloud computing is divided into three service models:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
- Platform as a Service (PaaS)
- Software as a Service (SaaS)