Designing for Cloud-Based Solutions and Multi-Tenancy Services

By Bill Baer

This chapter describes the most common of cloud-based and on-premise hosted solution deployments available with SharePoint 2010, including implementation, features, and capabilities designed to support data partitioning, or to begin using SharePoint in the cloud with SharePoint Online.


In today's business climate, collaboration is essential. Most organizations require their employees to store and collaborate on shared information, while individuals still must maintain secure, private storage. Individuals also want personalized information (that is, what is relevant for them in their context or role). Key requirements for collaboration include a simple publish capability, integrated data storage, an easy-to-understand taxonomy, options for personalization, and search criteria that spans job function, business area, and multiple data stores — all available from home or work via a secure connection.

Office 365 offers organizations a flexible, web-based solution of tools and services to help users manage information and collaborate effectively with others. SharePoint Online is the premier hosted SharePoint solution provided by Microsoft as a component of the Office 365 suite. The SharePoint Online service provides users the capability to easily create and manage custom team and project-focused sites for collaboration and personal productivity, with limited dependency on lengthy management ...

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