Here at iOra, we’ve been working with SharePoint ever since the first release of SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) and SharePoint Team Services (STS) in 2001. We thought you might like to look back on the history of iOra and SharePoint and how we support each update to SharePoint as it is launched by Microsoft.
In 2001, SPS and STS, marketed under the same brand name but barely integrated in approach, were still very basic compared to today’s SharePoint. So we at iOra gave SharePoint users the ability to view their SharePoint sites offline via our “Mobile Intranet” product (now the Server-to-Laptop functionality of Geo-Replicator).
In 2003, Microsoft released their second version of SharePoint: a much more integrated system, though built for full fat corporate networks. We recognised the need for enterprises to make their SharePoint server data available to offline users and there was also a growing need to make the data available to geographically remote users by providing local, replica SharePoint servers. Our compression and replication know-how could clearly benefit organisations by reducing the time required for those non-local users to access crucial information. It was a situation that was perfect for the use of our Epsilon engine: lots of data, often updated, needing to be sent from one bandwidth-limited location to another.
When Microsoft released SharePoint 2007, the growth of SharePoint was phenomenal. Here at iOra, we upgraded both our Server-to-Laptop and Server-to-Server solutions, adding Server-to-Virtual Server for good measure. With Server-to-Server, we now not only replicated SharePoint documents and list items but the whole SharePoint structure that held the data.
SharePoint 2010 improved the document management and CRM that SharePoint provides. We now replicate SharePoint 2007, 2010 and 2013 sites for organisations all over the world, to servers and laptops on both land and sea. We’ve been making SharePoint global for over a decade now, and we continue to innovate in the collaboration without the Cloud environment. Today, we’re working hard to add even more support for SharePoint replication, as well as thinking about the next version of SharePoint and beyond. We continue to work with Microsoft updating and renewing our Gold Partner status.
SharePoint is virtually in our DNA! More information here.