SharePoint Market Consolidation in the Offing?


SharePoint Market Consolidation in the Offing?

By Doug Barney

We’ve seen tons of consolidation amongst MSPs. Now it seems that SharePoint-focused companies are getting together, as well.

This week two SharePoint biggies came together when Metalogix bought Idera’s SharePoint business.

The SharePoint market is healthy and varied. SharePoint may be a product, but it is even more a platform. Most successful installations are based on custom applications. In addition there are security, hosting and integration needs.

If there is consolidation in the market, much of it is driven by Metalogix, which this past August bought Axceler’s SharePoint business, which includes the governance and administration tool ControlPoint for SharePoint Administration.

Metalogix focuses on content infrastructure management, and its tools target the cloud and Microsoft Exchange, in addition to SharePoint.

Idera, one of the bigger names in the SharePoint third party space, focuses on monitoring and backup. “The acquisition of Idera’s SharePoint products, customer base, brands and all related assets expands Metalogix suite of best-of-breed content infrastructure management software and strengthens the company’s position as the fastest-growing SharePoint Independent Software Vendor (ISV),” Metalogix claimed.

Metalogix is now adding Idera SharePoint Backup to the Metalogix suite. This backup protects SharePoint farms and is claimed to offer instant deployment. Plus, the Idera tool will be integrated with Metalogix StoragePoint, a storage optimization product.

This combination, the vendors claim, should let customers both backup and recover in mere minutes. Most large recoveries take hours if not days to complete.

When files are lost or small batches of data corrupted or lost, the backup tool offers granular recovery so just the documents that are lost come back.

On monitoring side Metalogix will “expand the proactive real-time visibility and control capabilities of its best-in-class software suite with the addition of Idera’s monitoring product, SharePoint Diagnostic Manager. Additionally, SharePoint Enterprise Manager and Audit products will be upgraded and swiftly integrated into the recently-launched Metalogix ControlPoint for SharePoint Governance and Administration technology,” the company said.

SharePoint on Fire

In past years Microsoft had a convoluted collaboration strategy. It early on pushed Exchange as a groupware alternative to Notes. It also added sharing features to Word, and then bought Groove and offered its collaboration software, as well.

Meanwhile customers were confused as to what the real strategy was. As Groove faltered, Microsoft finally anointed SharePoint as its collaboration king and sales and market share took off.

Recently more and more SharePoint installations have moved to cloud, many through third parties and others through Office 365.

The Radicati group sees a vibrant SharePoint ecosystem. “The market for third-party developers building solutions for SharePoint has been very strong in recent years. Many third-party developers still believe there is much to be desired regarding the mobile and social capabilities of SharePoint,” the research house said. “These developers are aggressively marketing their solutions as necessary add-ons as they believe the functionality that they offer is unmatched by SharePoint. Microsoft has improved many areas within SharePoint 2013, however, there still a lot of opportunity for these developers to succeed here.”

Edited by Ryan Sartor

MSPToday Editor at Large

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