SharePoint Cloud Hosting
A different option is to migrate SharePoint to a cloud hosting environment such as Microsoft Azure or AWS. Properly managed, the cloud offers many benefits over a physical hosting solution. Most notable of these advantages is the flexibility that the cloud brings. It’s possible to reconfigure your SharePoint hosting farm quickly to change the different types of machine that are used. With management software like igroup’s Cloud Control, this can be done in near real time to allow the SharePoint environment to be scaled depending on need. This means consistent performance with the ability to manage costs without compromising on peak performance.
Another key advantage of cloud hosting for SharePoint is that it provides the ability to back-up data regularly and without interruption. This means faster recovery in the event of an outage and much improved security.
Hybrid SharePoint Hosting
While SharePoint Cloud Hosting is the preferred option for most organisations, it is not always suitable for data storage. Compliance requirements about data storage in certain industries can preclude using a cloud hosting solution where the data may reside in a different country.
In these cases, the option may be to configure a hybrid solution whereby some elements of SharePoint such as the software itself is virtualised in the cloud while sensitive data is stored on a traditional server.
This can be the best of both worlds where data storage is a consideration, although it is essential that some back up mechanism is put in place for security and business continuity.