Offer WSS as part of your hosted solutions


Currently there are a couple of ways to offer WSS to customers in a shared configuration:



  • WSS as a single offer: Lately a guide to prepare WSS for hosted configurations was published. This document explains what are the different aspects to consider to enable an infrastructure for multitenancy. The following matrix summarizes pros/cons of this configuration: 










Pros


Cons


Simplified no. of servers are required focused on a single service


Can be offered for dedicated customers as well


To provision workspaces, it has to be a manual process or scripts are required for automation (there are some scripts available which can be integrated with an existing control panel)


As the no. of customers increases the administration of the service becomes more tedious and challenging to manage


Configuration of AD/environment to support multiple tenancy is applied manually


The guide can be obtained in the following location: http://office.microsoft.com/search/redir.aspx?AssetID=AM102157711033



  • WSS as part of HMC 4.0: If you already have HMC (Hosted Messaging and Collaboration), the core infrastructure can be used to leverage Sharepoint Services to the existing & new customers. Next you’ll find a brief list of pros & cons.










Pros


Cons


There is a provisioning engine available for creation of workspaces


Supports large scale of customers


There is a tool to automate the configuration of the environment in order to support multiple tenancy


Large no. of servers is required to leverage all the features of the solution


All the resources are shared


For additional details on HMC & WSS, you can consult the following references:


http://www.microsoft.com/serviceproviders/solutions/hostedmessaging.mspx


http://www.microsoft.com/serviceproviders/solutions/hostedmessaging4sharepoint.mspx


 


 


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