​Hybrid SharePoint at Rackspace

Hybrid SharePoint is an exciting new feature that allows you to extend you​r on premises SharePoint farm to Office 365. With Hybrid SharePoint, you can take advantage of the hyper scale and rapid feature releases in Office 365 while leveraging the power and control you get from an on-premises dedicated SharePoint install.

While Microsoft has made connecting SharePoint to Office 365 is a fairly simple task, there are several considerations and steps you need to complete in order to prepare your SharePoint for Hybrid. This is where Rackspace can help. By hosting your on-premises SharePoint with Rackspace, our engineers can help you every step of the way in configuring your Hybrid SharePoint environment, from purchasing Office 365 licenses, to syncing your Active Directory and ensuring that everything continues to work after the initial configuration.

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Rackspace supports the following hybrid options for SharePoint:

Hybrid Sites - Users can follow SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online sites, and see them consolidated in a single list. Also, users can have a single profile in Office 365, where all of their profile information is stored.

Hybrid OneDrive for Business - Users can sync files with Office 365 and access them from their various devices as well as share them with others.

Cloud Hybrid Search – Content can be indexed and searched across on-premises dedicated SharePoint Server and Office 365.

Hybrid SharePoint brings a lot of benefits for your business, here are just a few scenarios that could benefit from a hybrid SharePoint configuration:

Benefits​​​​​ Description
Smaller storage requirements With the your site documents being stored in an Office 365 tenant, less storage is needed for your on-premises SharePoint farm.  Also with the customer's search index being stored in Office 365 tenant less storage is needed on the search servers.
Use of advanced Office 365 featuresWith a hybrid configuration, you can take advantage of Office 365 features (determined by their Office 365 subscription level) such as Yammer, Video, Delve, and Groups that aren't available for on-premises versions of SharePoint while still having access to on-premises content when using these services.
Fully integrated searchWith the Cloud Search Service Application, you can perform one search query and get fully integrated results from on-premises SharePoint farm as well as your SharePoint Online tenant.
Single sign-onWith a hybrid configuration users access their SharePoint on-premises content and their SharePoint Online content with the same user account and password.
Easy ExtranetMake content available to users outside of your organization without compromising the security of your on-premise SharePoint farm. Content can be put in the Office 365 tenant, and extranet users created in Azure AD.


Rackspace engineers are ready to assist by connecting your SharePoint environment hosted at Rackspace with your Office 365 tenant. Reach out to us today to find out more about how we can help!

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