Microsoft SharePoint vs. OpenVPN Access Server

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SharePoint
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft's SharePoint is an Intranet solution that enables users to share and manage content, knowledge, and applications to empower teamwork, quickly find information, and collaborate across the organization.
$5
Per User Per Month
OpenVPN Access Server
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
OpenVPN headquartered in Pleasanton allows users to create secure access to a private network in the cloud or on-premise with Access Server. Access Server is available to deploy directly on various cloud platforms like Amazon AWS, Google GCP, Microsoft Azure, DigitalOcean, and also available as ready-to-deploy virtual appliances for Microsoft HyperV and VMWare ESXi. Alternately, OpenVPN Access Server Virtual Appliance is a full-featured secure network tunneling VPN virtual appliance solution…
$75
per month
Pricing
Microsoft SharePointOpenVPN Access Server
Editions & Modules
Plan 1
$5.00
Per User Per Month
Plan 2
$10.00
Per User Per Month
Office 365 E3
$20.00
Per User Per Month
10 Connections
$75.00
per month
25 Connections
$150.00
per month
50 Connections
$219.00
per month
100 Connections
$300.00
per month
250 Connections
$575.00
per month
500 Connections
$1,095.00
per month
1,000 Connections
$1,560.00
per month
2,000 Connections
$3,100.00
per month
0-2 Connections
Free
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SharePointOpenVPN Access Server
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsThe first 2 users are free, but there is a 10 user minimum. Price decreases if paid yearly.
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Community Pulse
Microsoft SharePointOpenVPN Access Server
Top Pros
Top Cons
User Ratings
Microsoft SharePointOpenVPN Access Server
Likelihood to Recommend
8.3
(191 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.8
(21 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(17 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(17 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
In-Person Training
4.5
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
6.4
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
6.0
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Microsoft SharePointOpenVPN Access Server
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
MS Sharepoint is specifically useful when you have to collaborate with multiple teams. All teams know what exactly is happening and if they need help they can get it without asking you to share the link every time. This really [transfers] the burden from my shoulders to the participants. As participants can access all resources on demand. For a small team[,] it might feel [like] firing a cannon to kill a mosquito. They can avoid Sharepoint and use [a] planner. If you are the one like me who was excited to see different templates, you will be sad to see there are not many and most of them [look the same].
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OpenVPN
We used it to connect our two offices together. It aids in secure file transfer for remote users. Some of the 3rd party software is only allowed to run on specific IP addresses due to the license and this is a way that remote users can utilize that software without being on-site
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Microsoft SharePoint integrates well with Office 365. So long as the content is organized and users know what they are looking for, it can store a wealth of information.
  • It's simple for administrators to add and remove users. It is possible to restrict access to specific pages of a website to particular individuals or groups.
  • As long as the document structure is simple and keeps track of authors and last edited dates, it is simple to store documents in Microsoft's simple document structure.
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OpenVPN
  • Secure
  • Easy setup
  • 2 free users
  • automatic updates
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Cons
Microsoft
  • It does take some work to get your setup to be as graphical as modern design tends to be.
  • Overlapping calendars are great but they do take some time investment to create.
  • Depending on how many project or teams you work with it can get a little overwhelming to have so many different groupings.
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OpenVPN
  • some times error logs are not clear
  • Configuring 3rd party apps can sometimes be problematic
  • Limited functionality for iPhone users, but I believe that is due to an apple issue.
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
It's integral to our business. It's already included with most of the Office 365 licensing we buy, so the cost is effectively zero. It stores our files, it is the foundation for custom applications, and Microsoft only continues to enhance its functionality and its connections to other Microsoft tools. SharePoint just keeps getting better and better.
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OpenVPN
No answers on this topic
Usability
Microsoft
No usability issues reported. Individual teams also have allocated areas which replace legacy shared drives on local LANs. Access to Sharepoint resources is fully integrated with corporate Active Directory with additional two-factor authentication required for administrative users. Users have access to Microsoft Services Hub which allows you to create, manage, and track support requests while staying current on Microsoft technologies with access to select self-paced learning paths
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OpenVPN
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Microsoft
Support for SharePoint is quite good. Microsoft provides good support. Microsoft offers
  • Quick turnaround time for issues
  • A range of support services
  • Access to a network of resources
  • Escalation of issues
  • Ongoing development and commitment to produce enhancement
The majority of support is required for initial installation. Once complete and the system is operating we have had very few support issues.
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OpenVPN
No answers on this topic
In-Person Training
Microsoft
The face to face training I received was on SharePoint Administration. It was rushed as there was a lot of information to cover and the application of the labs weren't that great either. I like to be able to relate what I am learning to what I am currently doing.
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OpenVPN
No answers on this topic
Online Training
Microsoft
I like to learn at my own pace and online training allows for that. Additionally, you can skip through pieces of content that you already know or are already comfortable with. Microsoft actually offers great videos on their website for basic fundamental SharePoint Training. I have used these training videos in some of my own training sessions with end users.
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OpenVPN
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Microsoft
Planning to the last detail would be advised. SharePoint is a very large application that takes a lot of finesse to get operational
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OpenVPN
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
The reasons for selecting MS SharePoint are: SharePoint provides ease of use and web design assistance and support SharePoint helps you schedule your content for publishing. enables users to share documents with external parties and offers a better internal structure of the content and better indexing and searching capabilities.
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OpenVPN
We found OpenVPN to be more cost-effective vs Azure. In addition, it was easier to install, deploy, and manage
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • Increased collaboration - MS Sharepoint has increased knowledge share and collaboration between departments. This saves time and energy because of its efficient and effective communication
  • Increased document security - MS Sharepoint has increased our document security so we're safer knowing that our documents are security and access controlled appropriately. We are less prone to get in trouble by our customers due to the security provided by MS Sharepoint
  • Negative Impact Compared to other software - Not sure if the MS Sharepoint's main functionalities could've been met with other tools we currently have
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OpenVPN
  • Only 2 free users, it would be nice if they would expand to 5.
  • Easy way to establish a VPN backbone between two locations
  • Great for work at home or BCP events.
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