I just came back from my Spanish days in Mallorca and looking through my unread feed I found an interesting post by Stefan Goßner about Cloud Hybrid Search in SharePoint 2013. (Ok, I also noticed that SharePoint Server 2016 Preview is available but I already read a tons on post about that and I do not have something to add about that :)). This is a new feature brought by SharePoint Server 2013 August 2015 Cumulative Update that makes it possible to search from Office 365 (or from SharePoint Server) both on-premises and on-line content.
You may already have read about something similar for SharePoint Server 2016 as the Cloud Search Service Application. Yes, it is :)
I look forward to try this new feature but we have to wait a few days, because the CU only brings a part of the update. As Stefan says “The hybrid search functionality itself will be available as a preview in Microsoft Office 365 starting on September 7, 2015“. You can join the preview program through Microsoft Connect > https://connect.microsoft.com/office/program8647.
I suggest to start downloading the documentation and Powershell script that will helps you to configure this new feature once it will be available. Consider that these documents and scripts are valid for configuring Cloud SSA both in SharePoint 2013 and 2016.
I’m going to leave you with a “postcard” from my holiday. A few days ago I was there, now I’m writing about SharePoint… Something went wrong.