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25Feb/160

From Concept to Reality

Posted by Joy

Totalamber Sri Lanka together with Microsoft Sri Lanka organized a workshop – “From Concept to Reality” for Small and Medium Business market to increase the awareness of Office 365, SharePoint and Azure.

I delivered a session on how to leverage SharePoint Online within the organization to move away from File Servers and how to improve the employee productivity using SharePoint Online features.

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Me presenting on SharePoint Online

Me presenting on SharePoint Online

8Jul/140

Article – SharePoint Search Capabilities Comparison

Posted by Joy

Search is one of the important workloads of SharePoint Products and Technologies. Microsoft’s Enterprise Search offerings have evolved very fast over the last few years and have gone through number of changes.

SharePoint 2010 release introduced the most powerful Search platform by combing the power of FAST ESP with SharePoint platform. However, customers were confused when selecting the right Search platform since there were so many Search offerings.

Following are the different Search offerings we had around SharePoint 2010:

  • SharePoint Foundation 2010
  • SharePoint Server 2010
  • SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites
  • Search Server 2010 Express
  • Search Server 2010
  • FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint
  • FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Internet Sites
  • FAST Search Server 2010 for Internet Sites
  • FAST Search Server 2010 Internal Applications

Wow, big list of Search offerings…

With the release of SharePoint 2013, Microsoft made it very simple and easy to pick the right Search offering. We now don’t have FAST product line and it’s only SharePoint Search. However, SharePoint 2013 has many forms including both on-premise and cloud and Search will vary based on the selection of the SharePoint model.

Following is a very high-level feature comparison of Search based on the SharePoint deployment model:

Capability Foundation Standard Enterprise Online
Advanced Content Processing Yes Yes Yes No
Content Processing Enrichment No No Yes No
Content Search Web Part No No Yes No
Continues crawl Yes Yes Yes No
Custom entity extraction No No Yes No
Deep links No Yes Yes Yes
Event-based relevancy No Yes Yes Yes
Expertise Search Yes Yes Yes Yes
Graphical refiners No Yes Yes Yes
Hybrid search Yes Yes Yes Yes
Managed navigation No Yes Yes Yes
Phonetic name matching Yes Yes Yes Yes
Query rules – add promoted results No Yes Yes Yes
Query rules – advanced actions No No Yes Yes
Query spelling correction Yes Yes Yes Yes
Query suggestions No Yes Yes Yes
Query throttling No Yes Yes Yes
Quick preview Yes Yes Yes Yes
Recommendations No Yes Yes Yes
Refiners Yes Yes Yes No
Query Object Model/ RESTful Query API Yes Yes Yes Yes
Result sources Yes Yes Yes Yes
Search connector framework No No Yes No
Search results sorting Yes Yes Yes Yes
Search vertical – Conversations No Yes Yes Yes
Search vertical – People No Yes Yes Yes
Search vertical – Video No No Yes Yes
Tunable relevancy No No Yes No
11Nov/130

Article – Service Applications in SharePoint 2013

Posted by Joy

Looking at the feature set offered by SharePoint 2013, we can categorize into 4 different offerings at very high-level, and they are:

  • SharePoint Foundation 2013
  • SharePoint Server 2013 Standard
  • SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise
  • SharePoint Online

To help you understand which service applications are available in each variation of the SharePoint 2013 platform, I have gathered information from Microsoft TechNet and created the following table for your easy access:

Service Application Name Foundation Standard Enterprise Online
Access Services X X
Access Services 2010 X X X
App Management Service
Business Data Connectivity Service
Excel Services Application X X
Machine Translation Service X X
PerformancePoint Service Application X X X
PowerPoint Automation Services X
Managed Metadata Service Application X
Search Service Application
Secure Store Service X
Site Subscription Settings Service
State Service
User and Health Data Collection Service
User Profile Service Application X
Visio Graphics Service X X
Word Automation Service X
Work Management Service Application X
Workflow Service Application
18Jun/120

Article – SharePoint Online Standard and Dedicated compared – Services and Service Applications

Posted by Joy

SharePoint Service applications provide common functionality such as Search, User Profile Synchronization, Excel Services, etc. across multiple Web Applications and Site Collections. However, not all Service Applications are available for SharePoint Online compared to On-premise. Following table shows what Service Applications are available for SharePoint Online and their existence based on the edition – Standard or Dedicated.

Service Application SharePoint Online Standard SharePoint Online Dedicated
Access Services Not supported Supported
Business Connectivity Services Not supported Supported
Usage Processing Service Not supported Supported
SharePoint Search Service Not supported * Supported
State Service Not supported Supported
Web Analytics Service Not supported Supported
Word Conversion Service Not supported Supported
Excel Calculation Service Supported Supported
Forms Services Supported Supported
Managed Metadata Services Supported Supported
PowerPoint Services Supported Supported
User Profiles Services Supported Supported
Word Viewing Services Supported Supported
Visio Graphics Service Supported Supported
FAST Search for SharePoint Not supported Not supported
PerformancePoint Services Not supported Not supported
Project Server Service Not supported Not supported
Secure Store Services Not supported Not supported

* Local Search is supported  

Hope now you have a better understanding of what Service Application are available in SharePoint Online and what are not available. Also what Service Applications are available in SharePoint Online Standard compared to Dedicated?

18May/120

Article – SharePoint Online Standard and Dedicated compared – Capacity

Posted by Joy

It's very important to know the difference between SharePoint Online Standard and Dedicated. While Microsoft continue to improve both, always advantages to know the differences between these two as of today. Comparison between SharePoint Online Standard and Dedicated can be done using 04 parameters and they are:

  1. Capacity
  2. Services and Service Applications
  3. Customization options
  4. Out-of-the-box features

This post focuses on the 1st parameter – Capacity. Following is the comparison between SharePoint Online Standard and Dedicated from Capacity perspective.

Capacity Area SharePoint Online Standard SharePoint Online Dedicated
Base storage 10 GB 0 GB
Per-user storage 500 MB 250 MB
Additional storage $ 2.5/ GB per month * Variable (1 TB increments)
Site collection storage quotas Up to 100 GB Up to 200 GB
My Site collection storage quota Up to 500 MB Up to 5 GB
No of Site Collections per Tenant Up to 300 Unlimited
Total storage per Tenant Up to 5 TB Up to 30 TB
Additional Web Application Not supported Supported

* This may change depending on the competition and agreement

Now you have good understanding on how SharePoint Online Standard and Dedicated differ as of today from Capacity perspective.