Wednesday, 31 August 2011 08:36

ESG Survey Reveals Two Out Of Three Enterprises Use SharePoint As Business Critical Application - Need For SharePoint Management Tools A Top Priority To Help Scale And Improve Performance

By Derek Kol

Metalogix Solves Key Management Challenges Associated with SharePoint Content Sprawl with Intuitive Management, Migration and Storage Optimization Solutions

WASHINGTON, DC, August 30, 2011 - Metalogix Software, the leading provider in content lifecycle management (CLM) solutions for Microsoft® SharePoint®, Exchange®, and legacy environments, today announced that it solves key challenges for companies that are making big bets with SharePoint as a top business critical application, as outlined in the new Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) whitepaper, 'Managing SharePoint as a Business-critical Application.'  The new research paper, authored  by ESG's Brian Babineau and Bill Lundell, outlines how SharePoint management should be an investment priority because today's considerations with SharePoint infrastructure management, security and data migrations are only going to gain importance as usage increases and the profile of users evolves.

According to the ESG study, which surveyed 3,129 IT professionals, 64 percent of North American and Western European organizations are currently using SharePoint, while an additional 12 percent intend to within the next 24 months. This overwhelmingly confirms that SharePoint is now considered to be a top business application - 80 percent ranked it among their top 10 business applications- a significant update since the March 2009 survey. This major shift in enterprise content management direction is driven by the increasing need for team and document collaboration as well as document versioning and management with the SharePoint 2010 SP1 version.  However, the survey shows this rapid adoption of SharePoint and its resulting business reliance comes with some significant management gaps that ISVs are poised to fill.

'SharePoint optimization requires several different tracks, including increased asset utilization, data mobility and movement and storage management, all while maintaining satisfactory application availability and response times,' said Babineau and Lundell in the ESG paper. 'Organizations must consider this process holistically in order to avoid relying on one-off resolutions that don't scale and end up costing more money in the long run.'

Metalogix solutions for SharePoint delivers this holistic approach to SharePoint  management, providing users with the freedom to consolidate, manage and optimize their enterprise content the way their applications behave.  Metalogix eliminates the out-of-the-box operational constraints  and  enables organizations of all sizes to optimize the SharePoint content infrastructure  in order to  consolidate,  scale and cost-effectively manage, migrate, store, archive and protect enterprise content whether on-premise or in the cloud. The following are the three key SharePoint management challenges outlined by the ESG paper and how Metalogix solutions help to resolve them:

Storage and Infrastructure: In the area of SharePoint infrastructure, ESG reports that the most common issue IT departments report is performance and scalability, from many different perspectives. This is largely due to high data growth, which can cause difficulty in provisioning storage capacity, wide area network performance problems, poor application response times, lengthy content search times and slow backup and recovery processes.

Metalogix StoragePoint's BLOB externalization and archiving solution helps eliminate this critical SharePoint infrastructure challenge by enabling organizations to keep their unstructured binary large objects (BLOBs) out of SharePoint's  content database and offloading them onto virtually any tier  of NAS, SAN or Cloud storage platforms. Here, the BLOBs can be stored on less-expensive systems and SQL clusters can be right sized for optimal performance by consolidating and vastly reducing unnecessary content databases and thereby improve search, back up and archive performance times by as much as 95 percent.

Content Migrations: The ESG report states that upon deploying a new SharePoint farm or site, organizations have to make a critical decision regarding their legacy content and files  - migrate it or portal the metadata content within SharePoint. Another challenge is often moving data between SharePoint - either to a newer version or when moving existing on-premises SharePoint deployments to other servers, consolidating sites or moving some or all to the cloud.

Security Implications: When it comes to application security management challenges experienced since deploying SharePoint, over half of the ESG study respondents said that managing the permissions of who has access to content was a key concern. Provisioning sites in accordance with internal security policies was also a significant concern.

Metalogix Migration Manager helps to resolve this challenge through its built-in ongoing farm management capabilities by preserving all views, version chains, metadata and user-edit information when migrating between SharePoint sites. It can also map and migrate site permissions so that internal security policies can be easily enforced.

Regardless of an organization's desired content lifecycle strategy, Metalogix offers a migration solution to help. Metalogix migration solutions migrate content into SharePoint from numerous sources or legacy systems. Adoption of Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) and Office 365 is also simplified with easy-to-use, cost effective and powerful migration solutions and Metalogix is the only SharePoint migration product that has passed both the security and performance criteria set by Microsoft to be approved for installation on Office 365 dedicated servers.

'Clearly, SharePoint is rapidly coming of age now, and is becoming one of the most critical content collaboration delivery platforms that is driving this new era of mobile and social-based business  applications, and with it comes with some new management responsibilities,' said CEO Steven Murphy. 'At Metalogix, our team has been solving SharePoint migration and management challenges for more than 10 years. We take a standards-based approach to delivering comprehensive content lifecycle management solutions that  enable organizations to increase the useability and performance of their content applications while reducing the administrative, storage costs, and operational  risks associated with  your  growing Microsoft content.'

To download a copy of the ESG whitepaper, 'Managing SharePoint as a Business-critical Application,' please visit:  https://www.metalogix.com/Freedom/Managing-SharePoint-ESG-White-Paper.aspx

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