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“Hey, this SharePoint thing is great! Why can’t I use it to share my documents at our partners at Company X?” If your users haven’t already asked you the Extranet Question, there’s a good chance you’re going to be hearing it in the near future. But the problem is that Extranets are tough to pull off, for so many reasons. They present a lot of security risks, the networking and security considerations add a lot of complexity to your SharePoint farm, and then there’ s the costs for the hardware, networking, and licensing involved.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a nice, simple solution out there that let you stop worrying about all those problems, give your users the extranet they need, and give your boss a simple line item to budget for? And wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to line up the hardware, software, configuration, networking, or security for any of it? Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it?
Well, get ready to say “Yay Cloud!”, because that dream may not be too far off thanks to the SharePoint Online offering from Office 365. This session will take a look at why it may make sense to consider SharePoint Online for your extranet solution, but will highlight some of the challenges and drawbacks that you’re going to have to deal with as well.