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Leveraging the CloudShare platform

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

I recently completed another project where I leveraged the CloudShare platform and I have to hand it to them again.  They have been an awesome partner to work with.  I use the word partner even though I’m customer I really feel they act like a partner.  Let me share some of my experiences of working with CloudShare.

In the last year I’ve delivered three successful SharePoint projects using the CloudShare platform.  In addition to the successful project delivered using CloudShare, having the ability to quickly spin up early versions of SharePoint 2013, Office 2013, and Windows 8 for prototyping and demoing new platform capabilities for future projects is really great.  And as much as I love installing and configuring these products, many times I just need to quickly get a new environment setup for a new project or check out some features that take some time to setup like the SharePoint 2010 Enterprise SP1 W/ SQL 2012 and BI Stack.  Such a HUGE time saver to have access to these environments.  I used to lug around an external USB drive to build out all of these environments which I have to say, I don’t really miss having that drive plugged into my machine.

The list below highlights how I’ve been able to utilize the CloudShare environments across my various projects.

  • When starting a new project, I’m able to turn on a fully configured SharePoint development environment without the configurations or leftover solutions from the previous project.
  • The “Share a Copy” feature has been so helpful.  As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been able to development in one environment, share a copy with my client, who can then view and test current progress of the project without impacting inflight development activities which sometimes leave a working site in a non-working state.
  • The “Share a Copy” feature also enables the Development and QA teams to work in parallel without having to deal with deployment configuration activities.  That is not to say getting code, content, and configurations deployed successfully isn’t necessary but there are times where the priorities of getting that working can be done later in the project.
  • When it comes time to deploying code developed on the development environment, having the ability to spin up a new vanilla SharePoint environment consistently really comes in handy for testing the deployment.  It makes working out the deployment issues that typically occur on the clients environment abstracted without having to get access to log files and system administrators who are responsible for the pre-production and production environments.  No need to expose these issue to the client, right?
  • Pre-configured environments that typically take a considerable amount of time to install and configure are ready and can be turned on in minutes.

So, I wanted to share a few of the ways I’ve been able to leverage the CloudShare platform with the community at large because of how helpful it’s been for me.  So, thank you CloudShare for enabling me to be successful in my business!!!  I also want to say thank you for all the prompt responses to support tickets submitted.  I had a few instances where some issues a rose over the weekend and the CloudShare Support Team was prompt to respond and resolve my issues quickly even though based on the stated SLA, I wasn’t expecting to hear back until Monday.  Way to go above and beyond!!!

I hope these experiences open new opportunities for anyone looking to capitalize on the service offerings from CloudShare.

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