SharePoint On – Premises VS. SharePoint Online

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If you’re having a hard time selecting between SharePoint On – Premises, and SharePoint online of Office 365, this next article is for you.  A reasonable comparison to make: SharePoint on premise vs cloud. This article provides a basic overview of the primary differences between SharePoint Online and SharePoint On Premises. So let’s begin by taking a look at the different environments needed to run Online vs On Premises.

SharePoint Environments – SharePoint On Premise vs SharePoint Online

As with any on-premise vs cloud based discussion, one of the most significant differences is the impact on internal resources. On-premise solutions require an internal IT support structure including people, hardware and software, or the use of a Managed Service Provider (MSP). Conversely, cloud based solutions reduce the dependency on internal resources and typically provide better globally deployed fail-over and redundancy features.

On Premises Online
  • The SharePoint server farm is within the corporate network.
  • The IT Support team maintains the SharePoint farm and regularly applies Microsoft patches and updates.
  • On premise Active directory is used for authentication.
  • Full access to use and customize any SharePoint feature as needed.
  • Availability of Enterprise level services such as BCS, Performance Point, etc.
  • The SharePoint sites reside in the Microsoft Data Centre (MDC).
  • Microsoft applies patches regularly.