“Hybrid is the new normal.” Ring a bell? It might sound familiar from several years ago, when we heard lots of buzz about hybrid environments. However, the timing wasn’t right, and the technology to support hybrid wasn’t where it needed to be. Then the push was all-in to the cloud, but it did not take long to figure out that there are scenarios where on-premises solutions make business sense, and that all-cloud wouldn’t work for everyone. Now, hybrid is recognized as a valid approach for many services and the technology is finally in place to support it. Office 365 and SharePoint 2013 both facilitate hybrid environments, and SharePoint 2016 will greatly expand support for hybrid environments.
What does hybrid look like?
A hybrid environment doesn’t have one look. Any time you have a combination of on-premises and cloud-based solutions, including Office 365 and Azure, it is a hybrid environment. Some examples we often see with our clients include:
- Exchange in Office 365, while SharePoint and other platforms remain on-premises
- SharePoint Online and CRM or Project on-premises
- A combination of server-based solutions, like Exchange and SharePoint, on-premises and in Azure
- Any on-premises environments plus OneDrive for Business
Seeing this list, you might realize you already have a hybrid environment, or you might identify opportunities to leverage a hybrid environment. The obvious question then becomes: what are the advantages and disadvantages of a hybrid environment? How does a hybrid environment save money, increase ROI, better serve the business, drive productivity, and improve flexibility?
Let’s talk more about hybrid and Office 365
This post is the first in an ongoing series, where we’ll talk about hybrid and cloud solutions, including Office 365, SharePoint, Project, and CRM, taking an in-depth look at topics like:
- Costs and benefits of moving to Office 365
- Benefits of a hybrid environment with SharePoint 2016
- Common workloads for SharePoint Online
- Considerations for migrating from SharePoint on-premises to SharePoint Online, and options for handling customizations
- Cloud-only collaboration tools, such as Delve and Office 365 Groups
- Analytics in the cloud
- Collaborating with external users
- Project Online and CRM Online
- SharePoint Online Compliance and Security
If you haven’t heard much about hybrid environments, or want to learn more about the benefits, be sure to stay tuned for the rest of the series. Tahoe Partners has significant experience in helping clients with on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments for SharePoint, Exchange, CRM and Microsoft Project – and we’re looking forward to sharing what we’ve learned to help you benefit from the cloud.