Chapter 2

SharePoint Online

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding what SharePoint Online is all about

arrow Visualizing the Internet cloud in terms of a “cloud solution”

arrow Putting the popularity of SharePoint Online in perspective

arrow Keeping in mind some downsides to SharePoint Online

We have technology, finally, that for the first time in human history allows people to really maintain rich connections with much larger numbers of people.

— Pierre Omidyar

One of the biggest investments in both time and money when implementing SharePoint involves setting up the infrastructure. A SharePoint platform requires a number of server computers that in turn require a data center. The server computers require operating systems and software that must be installed and constantly updated. The environment also needs a disaster recovery plan, backup plan, and security plan. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just tell Microsoft to handle all these things while you focus your energy on building business solutions that just happen to take advantage of the SharePoint platform?

Such a scenario would allow you to focus on ...

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