Transitioning your existing physical servers into a hosted infrastructure usually isn’t as difficult as many perceive, and in the long run, moving your workloads to a managed infrastructure can spare you from frustrating IT headaches in the future. With less time spent managing your servers, you’ll have more time to focus on the core areas that give you an edge against the competition.
Here at Rackspace we love SharePoint – so much so that we have a whole team dedicated to the product. We call ourselves SharePoint@Rackspace and have a fun filled website (if you haven’t seen it before).
For the past 5 years I’ve worked on the Corporate Development & Strategy team at Rackspace helping our hybrid cloud platform take shape. In that role, I was instrumental in building the ecosystem, getting OpenStack going and working on acquisitions for Rackspace. That experience has shown me that for SaaS businesses the best place they can run is at Rackspace.
Today is a special day. After months of hard work, the SharePoint team at Rackspace is finally ready to flip the switch on our new Per-User SharePoint online offering and make it available to all. This new offering will take the Fanatical Support® that only Rackspace brings to the SharePoint table and, through a cost-effective pricing structure, make it available to countless new businesses.
In the nine years that I’ve been working with SharePoint, there are some patterns that I’ve seen emerge as far as user adoption is concerned. In this article, I will talk about the typical five stages of user adoption that I see in organizations, in the order that they tend to happen.
A few months ago we had the opportunity to take on a project that would bring Rackspace Cloud Files together with SharePoint web sites. This would be in the form of a SharePoint 2013 app where you would have the ability to log into your Rackspace Cloud account and have access to your cloud storage. Since file collaboration and sharing is in high demand, we also wanted to give you the ability to share files stored in your cloud storage with other people — regardless of whether or not that person has access to the SharePoint site. This would be a step toward facilitating collaboration between SharePoint and non-SharePoint users.
The Content Search Web Part (CSWP) is a new feature in SharePoint 2013. It can be most accurately compared to the Content Query Web Part that we have in previous SharePoint versions. The one striking difference between Content Search and Content Query is that Content Search allows you to query and show information from any site collection. As long as your search is configured to crawl the information it can be pulled into your CSWP!
One of the most common discussions that I’ve heard recently is around SharePoint in the cloud – specifically what it is, what it does and how it can be used. This is a great topic, but there seems to still be a lot of confusion and misconceptions about what it means for SharePoint to be in the cloud. In this blog post, I’ll clarify some of the more common issues.