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SharePoint Comparison - In the Cloud or Onsite

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SharePoint Calgary

SharePoint Hosting Environment

On-premise solutions require an internal IT support structure including people, hardware and software, or the use of a Managed Service Provider.

Cloud based solutions reduce the dependency on internal resources and typically provide better globally deployed failover and redundancy features.


In the Cloud

The SharePoint server farm is within the corporate network.

The IT Support team maintains the SharePoint farm and regularly applies Microsoft patches and updates.

On premise Active directory is used for authentication.

Full access to use and customize any SharePoint feature as needed.

Availability of Enterprise level services such as BCS, Performance Point, etc.

The SharePoint sites reside in the Microsoft Data Centre (MDC).

Microsoft applies the patch regularly.

Microsoft's SLA ensures 99.9% availability.

Microsoft's global network of data centers provides reduced latency and high network bandwidth.

Support for Client Side Object & App model

Feature Comparisons



In the Cloud

Cost Involved

Purchase/Maintain Hardware, Software licenses etc.

Annual subscriptions for Office 365 Plans billed on a per user basis.

Infrastructure deployment & maintenance

IT Support Team to deploy/manage farm, latest updates or patches not always deployed.

Microsoft manages the environment and ensures all updates and patches are deployed.

Business Continuity (BC)

Dependent on internal capabilities.

Microsoft built-in redundancy and failover for data centers, but does not provide end user backups or data recovery.

Product Features

Support for enterprise feature, Office web App (OWA) needs to be installed

Missing or limited features, pre-configured features

Customization Options

Full support for server side code and client side code, App usage from OAC and SAS

Full Support - Client Side, Limited Support-Server side, Can use Apps from OAC or SAS

Information Security

Dependent on internal capabilities.

Information in MDS meets industry-specific security standards

Compliance Standard

Dependent on internal capabilities.

Verified by third party authors

Storage needs

Expensive storage devices, Site Collection -More than 100GB, Scalable Storage Size

Cheap storage cost, Site Collection- up to 100Gb, Maximum content in single tenant -O365 plan based


Full trust solution can be deployed- Features in farm solutions can have scope as wide as the site collection, web application, or whole farmPublic facing website with much of customization is possibleCustom “Managed Path” allowedMore control can be delegated to power users

Full trust solution cannot be deployed- Only Sandbox solutions possible with scope up to the site collection levelPublic facing website with much of customization is not possibleCustom “Managed Path” allowedMore control cannot be delegated to power users and maxim privilege level is Site Collection level.



In the Cloud



Limited access to query

Full text Query

InfoPath Form Services

Only in E3, E4 and K1 plans

Required License to use InfoPath Form Services

Claim Bases Authentication


Can use SQL , LDAP and AD authentication

Managed Accounts


Provides a Managed Account to user at access the SP Admin Services

Usage reporting and Logging


Provides LOGS and Reporting to check the exceptions and System Report.

Alternate Access Mapping


Provides a map requests where the URL of a Web request received by Internet Information Services (IIS) differs from the URL that was typed by a user

SharePoint Health Analyser


Site collection pre-upgrade health check examines a site collection and then generates a report listing ay potential upgrade issues and how to address the issues

Pros and Cons

SharePoint Onsite



Control Performance

Cost of internal resources (staff, hardware, software, etc)

Scale Up and Scale Out

Additional Geographic redundancy costs

Reduces Bandwidth requirements

Disaster Recovery dependent on internal capabilities

Fully Customizable

Scale Up/Out Cost( SW/HW)

Full Server and SQL Database

Patching Servers/farms

Migrate as Needed

Extra configurations for External Collaboration

Seamless Single Sign on with Corporate Active Directory

SharePoint in the Cloud



Uptime 99.99%

More ISP Bandwidth

Multiple Data centers

Limited Customizations

Geographically redundant

Possible Storage Costs

Shorted release cycle

Recovery SLAs

Managed Services ( SaaS)

No Server access

Pay as you go ( Low Cost )

Reduced impact on internal IT resources


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