More hybrid deployment possibilities
Many organizations use both server and cloud-based SharePoint products. And though Microsoft has assured us that the On-Premises version will be serviced long into the foreseeable future, many of the new features focus on integration with Office 365. Let’s take a look at some of them.
- OneDrive redirection. This feature will place My Sites to the Office 365 host, meaning that if SharePoint users click this button, they won’t be rerouted to on-premises anymore.
- Team Sites in a single place. Whether users follow some sites on-premises or on Office 365, they can now see all of them in the “Sites” tile in the App Launcher.
- Cloud hybrid search. While SharePoint 2013 has two separate indexes for on-premises and cloud servers, the newer version will provide you with a truly hybrid index allowing to search both environments at the same time.
- Identical interfaces for consistent User Experience (UI). With App Launcher and some UI changes, it’s obviously much more comfortable to navigate both server and cloud-based versions.
Clearly, these changes make the differences between SharePoint Online and On-Premises blurred, setting a trend for companies to move to Office 365.
- MinRoles and MinRole farm topology. There’s no more need in running specific services on multiple servers. Instead, create separate groupings of services to run on the server level. Besides, SharePoint offers you six predefined server roles when creating a new farm or joining an existing one.
- 100% uptime. Through smaller updates, reduced size and number of packages, downtime patching is cut down to zero level.
- Automatic index management. This feature will get you past the limit of 5,000 views. Technically, this threshold still exists, but the creation of indexed columns has been automated.
- Larger files for uploads. With the latest SharePoint edition, you can upload files of up to 10 GB in size, which is 5 times more than in the 2013 version.
- Increased content database size. The 2016 SharePoint version provides you with 1 TB to meet your needs for more storage space.
- Fast Site Collection and Site Creation. The new SharePoint edition offers templates that enable you to create Site Collections in practically no time – it only takes a second.
Enhanced mobile collaboration experience
As more and more people use their smartphones and tablet gadgets for work, the latest SharePoint release has elaborated an enhanced interface for mobile devices.
Apart from the benefits provided by the new features, the 2016 version has also removed some of the old ones. You might find some of them hard to give up, so take your time to consider these points when making a decision of whether it’s worth upgrading.
- Product Catalog Site Template;
- ForeFront Identity Manager (FIM) Client;
- Support for SQl Express;
- SharePoint Foundation;
- Standalone Install Mode;
- Excel Services in SharePoint.
It will certainly take some time to get used to these changes, but it’s most likely they appear positive to most of business users. Still having doubts about upgrading your SharePoint product? Let Digital Design handle the task for you!