Search-First in Azure: Take the FAST Lane to SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online

The Search-First approach opens up the option to use cloud-based resources, in particular Microsoft Azure, which has evolved into a very effective platform for hosting the SharePoint Server. SharePoint on Azure Infrastructure Services provides the benefits of cloud computing for SharePoint, with a high degree of control and customizability, and often results in a better quality solution than an onpremises deployment. This paper outlines how Microsoft Azure can be applied to a Search-First strategy, resulting in a quicker time to value as well as a more reliable, more performant, and more flexible solution overall.