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AIS Network Says Private Cloud is the Model for SharePoint 2010 Hosting

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Microsoft SharePoint hosting provider AIS Network said this week that a private cloud hosting environment is the “only way to go” for enterprises looking to consume hosted SharePoint 2010, citing price and practicality as key factors.

Private cloud implementations are, “the only way to go based on sheer practicality and bang-for-the buck,” said AIS Network CEO Jay Atkinson, quoted in a press release that – probably not surprisingly – promoted the company’s deploying of SharePoint 2010 in private cloud environments for customers.

While the company does offer less specific managed hosting services, back in January, AIS Network attributed its rapid growth during the last two years to its SharePoint hosting offerings.

As a company whose business is built on delivering hosted business software, with a particular emphasis on Microsoft’s SharePoint enterprise collaboration software, AIS Network does have some worthy experience in the area. Hosts considering (or providing) a hosted service based on SharePoint 2010 might consider AIS Network’s stance on the product to be worth knowing, and might be able to apply the insight to their own product sets.

Web hosting providers that deal in hosted Microsoft products have been wary of the potential Microsoft’s Office 365 public cloud-hosted offering has to cut into their business.

The comments in the press release seem aimed at distinguishing its services from SaaS office tools hosted in public cloud environments, including the SharePoint Online service offered through Microsoft Office 365, or something like Google Apps for Business.

They also seem geared toward distinguishing AIS Network’s enterprise SharePoint 2010 hosting products from tools more appropriately aimed at small businesses (including those two mentioned above).

Also in January, AIS Network began offering cloud-based SharePoint 2010 For Internet Sites hosting, supporting a SharePoint variation aimed at the collaborative management of public-facing websites.

“Plain and simple, you want the most control over your SharePoint 2010 environment with the least hit to your organization’s bottom line, and you get every bit of that and more by moving from a traditional deployment to a hosted private cloud architecture,” says Atkinson. “Currently, hosting providers are steering enterprise-class SharePoint 2010 customers toward public cloud and hybrid cloud hosting models. Our cost analysis research shows that those deployment approaches are needlessly costing more than they should and the customer sacrifices control at multiple levels.”

Atkinson says SharePoint 2010 deployed entirely in a private cloud exceeds core compliance requirements, and provides a customer with an environment exclusive to their organization with more control over servers and security, better federation between business systems and data sources and the ability to move other core platforms to the same private cloud.

AIS Network says its private cloud hosting for SharePoint 2010 has cost benefits versus public cloud deployments for businesses operating at enterprise scale.

Technology-based holdings company 3Sixty Holdings acquired AIS Network in June of 2010 from founder Daniel Lundahl. Atkinson joined the company as CEO at that time.

Talk back: Do you currently provide cloud hosting for SharePoint 2010? Do you feel the needs of small business and enterprise customers differ when it comes to SharePoint? Are there other hosted tools you consider better suited to a private cloud environment? Let us know in the comments section.

About the Author

Liam Eagle has worked as a contributor to the Web Host Industry Review since its inception in 2000, and as editor since 2003. He has been editor of the WHIR's print magazine since its launch. His daily involvement in the gathering and reporting of Web hosting news and his regular interaction with Web hosting leaders gives him an uncommonly broad appreciation of the issues and tends facing the business. Through his WHIR blog, Liam spots Web hosting trends and offers opinions on the industry-wide impacts of major developments and the motivation behind big announcements. Follow him on Twitter @liameagle

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