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Decision Point for Choosing SharePoint Server On-Premises, SharePoint Online or SharePoint Server on IaaS

Published: 27 March 2015

ID: G00273141

Analyst(s): Kyle Davis


With the recent changes in Microsoft's SharePoint strategy, organizations are struggling to determine the next optimal delivery model: SharePoint Server, SharePoint Online or SharePoint running on IaaS. This document helps organizations decide which, if any, are appropriate for their needs.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point

Decision Context

  • Business Scenario
  • Related Decisions

Evaluation Criteria

  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Performance Requirements
    • Network Requirements
    • Disaster Recovery Requirements
    • Support Requirements
    • Functional Requirements
    • Integration and Customization Requirements
    • Security and Privacy Requirements
    • Compatibility Constraints


  • SharePoint Server On-Premises
  • SharePoint Online (Office 365)
  • SharePoint Server on IaaS

Future Developments

  • SharePoint Server 2016
  • Evolution of Office 365
  • Enhancements to IaaS

Decision Tool

Decision Justification

  • Use SharePoint Server On-Premises
  • Use SharePoint Online (Office 365)
  • Use SharePoint Server on IaaS

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