Chapter 14. SharePoint Online

WHAT'S IN THIS CHAPTER?

  • An overview of SharePoint online

  • Programming differences in the cloud

If you have not heard about public or private clouds, you must not be reading the news or blogs, or looking at what the different vendors are doing. Software as a service (SAAS) is all the rage in the computing world. While it has many merits, including ease of deployment, anywhere access, and quick upgrades, at the same time it has a number of obstacles, such as limited offline support, less mature development tools, and less control of customization. Regardless of these limitations, many people are looking to the cloud as the next major shift in the computing world. If you have not tried to build applications against a cloud service such as Microsoft Azure or SharePoint Online, get started today.

SHAREPOINT ONLINE OVERVIEW

There are two different versions of SharePoint Online: Standard and Dedicated. Table 14-1 provides an easy way to compare the different ways you can deploy SharePoint. This table compares SharePoint On-Premises, SharePoint Online Standard and SharePoint Online Dedicated.

Table 14.1. Different Deployment Options for SharePoint

AREA

ON-PREMISES

ONLINE STANDARD

ONLINE DEDICATED

Type of Hosting

Self-hosted and managed

Multi-tenant hosted by Microsoft

Dedicated hardware and hosting by Microsoft

Type of Physical Access

Direct access to physical machines

Shared Hardware with no physical access

Dedicated hardware with no physical access

Administration Capabilities ...

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