Adding External Content to Hybrid SharePoint

Microsoft’s new cloud hybrid search capability includes a key element called the Cloud SSA, which provides a mechanism to bring content into the O365 index.  BA Insight’s software uses this mechanism to incorporate content from many different sources into a single cloud-based index.  This in turn powers portals, intranets, extranets, and other O365 experiences such as Delve and InfoPedia.

This paper describes how this solution works, and the deployment and configuration options available. Our focus is on Hybrid SharePoint scenarios, where organizations are using both SharePoint Online (within O365) and SharePoint Server (on-premises or hosted). This same approach can be applied to Online-only scenarios, which we address in a companion paper.