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Decision Point for Choosing Between Cloud and On-Premises SharePoint Deployment Models

Published: 15 November 2016

ID: G00312882

Analyst(s): Kyle Davis


With Microsoft's emphasis on Office 365 and a recommitment to SharePoint, organizations that use SharePoint are reassessing which deployment model is optimal for them. This document aids technical professionals in deciding which SharePoint deployment models are best for which situations.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point Question

Decision Overview

Decision Tool

Principles, Requirements and Constraints

  • Compliancy and Security
    • Data Loss Prevention
    • Data Encryption (In Transit and At Rest)
    • Data Sovereignty
  • Networking and Performance
    • Network Reliability and Uptime
    • WAN (Global Architecture) Support
    • Precision Tuning and Scalability
    • Capacity Management
    • Caching
  • Disaster Recovery and SLAs
    • Disaster Recovery
    • SLAs
  • Compatibility Constraints
    • Licensing
    • Exiting
    • Version Control
  • Functional Requirements
    • Enterprise Content Management
    • Web Content Management
    • Collaboration
    • Search
    • Workflow
    • Employee Personal Storage (OneDrive for Business)
    • Records Management
  • Integration and Customization Requirements
    • Third-Party Tools
    • Integration
    • Customizations


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

Future Developments

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

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