SharePoint in the Cloud

The IT world is shifting to where computing, networking, and storage resources are migrating onto the Internet from local networks. SharePoint is a good candidate for cloud computing because it is already web-based. From a setup and administration point of view, it has a growing complex service architecture. Also, many companies would gladly do without the cost of having the skills in house to administer it, not to mention the opportunity to move Exchange to the cloud. This will not happen all at once, but it does mean that hosting your SharePoint farms on-premises is no longer the only option. For that reason I will outline the new cloud options for those unfamiliar with them.

Figure 1-3. The cloud was a metaphor ...

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