SharePoint 2010 provides infrastructure allowing features/solutions to be installed in a sandboxed environment at the site collection level. This allows site collection administrators to deploy solutions to their own site collections, free of the burden/responsibility of dealing with the entire SharePoint farm and/or the farm administrators.
We should investigate/test the possibility of providing the SharePoint Connector as a sandboxed solution. This could have significant benefit for evaluators, who don't want to have to jump through a variety of complex hoops in order to get the SharePoint Connector installed just to evaluate it.
Re-architecting the SharePoint Connector as a sandboxed solution is required in order to support Office365 and SharePoint Online, Microsoft's SaaS solutions for SharePoint.