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What is a SharePoint “Private Cloud”

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Mar, 03, 2015 05:03

What is a SharePoint “Private Cloud” Overview

To first describe and baseline a “private cloud” deployment, the following items and elements will typically be considered and implemented:

  • Hosting SharePoint as infrastructure for a specific or a combination of workloads such as:

o   Enterprise Search

o   Application Platform for Line-of-Business (LOB) application

o   Business Intelligence Implementations

o   Collaboration, community and/or project sites

o   Internet \ intranet Publishing portal

o   Personal Sites

  • In most all cases, SharePoint Private Clouds have:
  • Repeatable, predictable automated deployment and provisioning
  • Scalable, flexible architectures
  • Ability to host many “customers” or tenants
  • Upgrade, failover and patching resiliency

Many of these items can also be achieved in a hybrid cloud environment and should be planned for in your organization’s SharePoint roadmap.

There are several factors that influence an organization’s decision around which architecture (i.e. on-premise private cloud, public cloud, or hybrid cloud) they are going to design and implement for their short-term and long-term SharePoint roadmap needs such as:

When taking complex environments into consideration there are also items such as:

It is key to also look at your current operations and how well your organization will be able to adapt to change. There are existing maintenance windows that perform key backup and business continuity items as well as LOB (Line-of-Business) data connectivity updates and code promotion policies that much be considered.

This is the first in a series of blog posts by EPC Group on SharePoint 2013, Office 365 and considerations regarding a SharePoint “Hybrid Cloud” architecture.