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

As Director of SharePoint Engineering at Fpweb.net, 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.
A 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 Fpweb.net? We can get those services federated so things like your presence in Lync will show up in your Fpweb.net 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 Fpweb.net, 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 Fpweb.net.

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