Chicago, IL — March 16, 2012 — “Public SharePoint Cloud” is out and “Private SharePoint Cloud” is in. Those are the latest words of wisdom from SharePoint cloud hosting expert Jay Atkinson, who said today that when it comes to hosting Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for a large organization, a private cloud environment is “the only way to go based on sheer practicality and bang-for-the buck.”
Atkinson, who is CEO of hosting pioneer AIS Network, said that his company is now deploying the SharePoint Server 2010 platform in a single private cloud for significantly less than competitors charge to implement it in a public cloud or a hybrid cloud.
“Plain and simple, you want the most control over your SharePoint 2010 environment with the least hit to your organization’s bottom line, and you get every bit of that and more by moving from a traditional deployment to a hosted private cloud architecture,” said Atkinson.
“Currently, hosting providers are steering enterprise-class SharePoint 2010 customers toward public cloud and hybrid cloud hosting models. Our cost analysis research shows that those deployment approaches are needlessly costing more than they should and the customer sacrifices control at multiple levels.”
A private SharePoint cloud is simply more economical and easier to manage for a large organization with security and compliance concerns, Atkinson said. An enterprise SharePoint Server 2010 platform implemented wholly in a private cloud, including the online storage components, exceeds core compliance requirements and surpasses the benefits of a public cloud or hybrid cloud.
With SharePoint 2010 deployed entirely in a private cloud, Atkinson said the customer gets:
- a hosted environment that is exclusively internal to the organization,
- complete control of its servers, security, permissions, policies and customization,
- seamless federation between line-of-business systems and various data sources,
- quick scalability for system resources, and
- the ability to move other core applications and platforms to the same private cloud.
“Public cloud services like Microsoft Office 365’s SharePoint Online and deployments of SharePoint Server 2010 in a public or hybrid cloud are okay for small to mid-size businesses, but they’re very impractical when it comes to serving the best interests of a large business,” said Atkinson.
“The private SharePoint cloud model is an ideal outsourcing alternative. Sooner or later, global and large enterprises evaluating SharePoint 2010 deployment platforms are going to realize that an enterprise SharePoint Server 2010 platform implemented solely in a private cloud is the only way to go.”
Within the last two years, AIS Network has doubled in size and opened a second office. Last month, the company reported that customer demand for cloud computing had compelled it to double the size of its public cloud.
Atkinson said his cloud hosting clients are organizations of all sizes and varying industries, ranging from governments and nonprofits to startups and publicly traded companies. Enterprises with vast amounts of data and large user populations, particularly those in the highly regulated health care and financial services industries, rely on AISN to host their most sensitive data, applications and Web sites in a fully compliant environment. High-traffic Web businesses are also a core business for AISN.