Understanding the Hybrid Search Feature of SharePoint 2016

What makes Hybrid Search the Best Option for Enterprises

TabletSharePoint 2016 has introduced hybrid features which essentially means that an organization can have both on-premise and on the cloud versions. However, the only drawback of this hybrid version is there is no foundation version, and therefore no free version which earlier versions of SharePoint offered.

In SharePoint 2016, hybrid features mean users get a seamless experience wherever they are. Once hybrid features are configured, users can access information in one place. For example, if a SharePoint audience is selected non-hybrid users will have two profiles, i.e. SharePoint server profile and Delve profile in Office365.

Similarly, users who were accessing both SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint online, will have different followed lists for sites in each location. However, if the hybrid is enabled then when a user follows a site in SharePoint, then it is added to the followed list in both SharePoint server and Office 365.
This feature is only for sites and not to follow documents or people.

With the hybrid cloud search solution, crawled content, including on-premise content, is indexed in the search index of Office 365. When a user raises a search query, results are generated for the same from Office 365 search index, which essentially means they get results from both on-premise and the cloud.

With hybrid search, users get results from both on-premise and the cloud instantaneously. Which is the exact way that search should work? For a user, it is immaterial where the search result is coming from, i.e. whether from up in the clouds or back down on earth.

All that he or she wants is the pertinent response to the query and this is what Hybrid Search provides.

The following benefits are associated with cloud hybrid search:

1.Unified results

Users get unified results wherever, i.e. cloud or on-premise content is stored.

2. Up-to-date search experience

With SharePoint 2016, users get updated versions of the same, without having to update existing SharePoint servers.

3. Size Does Not Matter

The size of the search has become immaterial as the actual search happen sin Office 365. This means that the footprint of your SharePoint Server 2013 search farm is smaller, and your total cost of ownership for search is lower.
It is not necessary to upgrade existing version of SharePoint to enable enterprise search because SharePoint 2013 supports crawling of SharePoint Server 2007, SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Server 2013.ed

It is not necessary to upgrade to a new version of SharePoint as this happens automatically in Office 365.

There is one more indexing option called `federated search’. This form of search indexing is good for highly sensitive content. Of course, it is not necessary for normal content.

Thus, using cloud search and federated search, organizations can get the best of search indexing. This is highly important for SharePoint users as it can be frustrating and delaying to not find stored content or if there is a lag in search time.

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Joseph Aldrich is a Freelance Digital Consultant working in the Information Technology sector. Joseph shares his expertise and knowledge through articles and blogs on trending subjects in the field of technology innovation, software,and IT outsourcing.

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