Microsoft SharePoint is one of the most popular software programs for enterprise collaboration and development. As a result, many business find themselves using excessive amounts of storage on their data servers to contain their SharePoint-related information.
According to a recent report from CMS Wire, virtual server hosting companies are increasingly providing third-party, remote storage solutions for businesses' SharePoint files.
The report said a SharePoint host is often capable of providing a cloud-based solution to manage and store SharePoint SQL Server databases. This allows businesses to establish an off-premise storage solution in which they pay specifically for the space they use and are able to maximize their SharePoint-related resources without worrying about using excessive internal disk space.
In most SharePoint host instances, the third-party vendor uses a combination of SharePoint's remote blob storage provider and the SharePoint Optimizer to establish a public, private or hybrid cloud to deploy resources from the hosted environment to a business' computers.
Microsoft recently announced a major software update that will provide critical security upgrades to SharePoint and the Microsoft Exchange server platform often used in conjunction with SharePoint hosting solutions. The update is designed to close the last known security hole that can be exploited by Stuxnet.