Debunking Three Hard Hybrid Myths

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Debunking Three Hard Hybrid Myths

By Adam Levithan | July 29, 2016

There is a widespread perception that creating a hybrid on-premises and cloud environment using Microsoft SharePoint is complicated and costly. This is far from the truth – in reality, it is really no different than when you’ve been tasked to join two systems together in the past.

Most companies already have some form of hybrid IT in place – although this may not be directly between on-premises and a cloud environment. For example, if you have a SharePoint Intranet and want to display data from an external tool – such as an HR platform – in a SharePoint list, you would use Business Connectivity Services. In this way, most SharePoint managers have created at least a handful of hybrid environments in the past. Hybrid cloud to on-premises is really no more complicated.

There are numerous reasons why companies perceive hybrid to be a complicated matter. However, these perceptions need to be countered with facts.

Myth 1: “It’s hard to integrate tools and data”

There is a commonly held belief that integrating on-premises tools and data with the cloud is difficult to do. This is not the case with SharePoint. Microsoft has made it very easy to create a streamlined connection between the two. David Petree, a Microsoft MVP who appeared in our recent webinar on hybrid cloud, described the way we can easily place different SharePoint sites in different environments: “So I think with the new SharePoint 2016 and hybrid, [and how that ties in with] compliance and all that stuff... my favorite thing is being able to split the sites between the two”.1

Myth 2: “Ensuring documents are stored in the right place is going to be hard”

When you create a SharePoint and Microsoft cloud hybrid, this myth just isn’t true. To quote Scott Hoag, a Senior SharePoint Engineer and respected speaker who also contributed to our webinar, profile redirection between on-premises SharePoint and Office 365 is actually very easy:

“It’s one of those things you can just turn on. There’s no need for any additional infrastructure in place… for the most part it really is seamless and you get a lot of extra bang”.2

Myth 3: “Linking the different environments is a headache”

It’s common to hear IT pros complain that linking online and on-premises will involve a lot of extra work. Once again, this just isn’t true. Speaking on our hybrid cloud webinar, Dan Usher, MVP, explained that in most cases, SharePoint 2016 is set up to link work in the different environments automatically:“This saves headaches for the end user and the IT pro”.3

Whether you decide to migrate to a new version of SharePoint on-premises, opt for Office 365 or create a hybrid solution perfectly tailored to your company, Metalogix provides key migration and content management tools to provide you full control – whatever environment you choose. To learn more read, Debunking Hybrid SharePoint 2016 Myths, a guide that will help IT teams understand the types of approaches to hybrid deployments, options for creating the hybrid you need and solutions that will help.

1 Metalogix. 2016. Special Round Table Event: What the SharePoint 2016 Release Means to IT Pros. Available online:
2 Ibid
3 Ibid

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Adam is a Group Program Manager of Secure Collaboration at Exostar and a Microsoft MVP advocating for collaboration by connecting business needs with the right technology. Prior to Exostar, Adam was a Product Manager for Migration at a market leading ISV and a Practice Lead for Office 365 in a cutting-edge Microsoft Consulting firm. Over the last decade Adam has been responsible for moving customers to the cloud, designing and implementing information architecture (SharePoint Farm and content) and increasing user adoption. Adam is an ongoing member of the SharePoint Saturday DC coordinating committee and active speaker at many national events.

Written By: Adam Levithan