SharePoint is growing in VietNam, in 1 month, I met 2 CIO and 1 CEO in banking and reseller business domain. They are planning to build up a collaboration platform for their company. A frequently question but important was placed  – “Should we go with SharePoint on-premise or Office 365?”

In this post, I want to focus some limitations of SharePoint Online that I think they’re important to consider before make decisions

1. Storage

iStock_000006910539Small

Microsoft offer 3 packages with differences storage capability

– SharePoint Online for Office 365 Small Business
– SharePoint Online for Office 365 Midsize Business
– SharePoint Online for Office 365 Enterprise, Education, and Government

But in generally, let’s make a simple calculation for 10 users which suitable for these 3 packages

  • Team site storage = 10GB + 0.5GB per user
  • Public web site storage = 5GB
  • OneDrive for Business = 10 x 1TB = 10TB (Microsoft just upgrade OneDrive for business from 25GB to 1TB. And please keep in mind that OneDrive will be used for individual people, that mean you can not share it to any team site)
  • Maximum file size you can upload to SharePoint Online can be configured is 2GB per file.

2. Synchronization

onedrive

OneDrive (SkyDrive old name) can be synced with your desktop version. That mean from your desktop, you can configure to sync your folder with OneDrive as well as a Team Site library. And there are some numbers would be reminded:

  • Can not sync >20,000 items in both SharePoint Online Team Sites + OneDrive
  • Can not sync >5,000 items from SharePoint Onnline Team Sites Library

3. SharePoint Online Site Collection

When you buy a package of SharePoint online as mentioned above, you will get a Site collection with sites/subsites hierarchy. It’s designed numbers of site collection, sites/subsites for your package:

  • Small Business: a single Team Site Collection.
  • Midsize Business plans: limits 20 Team Site Collections.
  • Enterprise, Education, and Government:  limits to 10,000 Team Site Collections.

In all options, just single Public Web Site Collection can be created, 1TB for My sites, 2000 site/subsite per site collection

4. Development Limits

bigstockphoto_Construction_

Sandbox Solutions was designed to allow SharePoint developer can customize/develop on Office365/SharePoint Online. Some important limitation you have to consider when go with online solution

  • No access to file/folder. It mean you can not use IO API commands
  • Only be deployed at a site collection level scope (not farm scope)
  • No access to web.config
  • PDF Documents cannot be opened in the browser
  • Restrictions to access security
  • Cannot overuse system resources
  • Limited Server Object model http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg317460(v=office.14)

5. Connection

20131223091152-scitech87

Most important is the availability and stability of Vietnam connection to Office365.  We have faced with severals of time that we dropped connection by optical cable issues with providers in VietNam. All data will be difficult to reach and very slow connection to download/upload files. If you are decision maker, keep it in mind for the backup connnection solution. Your business in the cloud and make sure it’s always stay in touch.

Hoang Nhut Nguyen
Email: nhutcmos@gmail.com
Skype: hoangnhut.nguyen