The native SharePoint Storage Architecture Can Make Scaling SharePoint Complicated and Expensive
The native SharePoint storage architecture stores structured and unstructured (files) data in SQL Server databases. Scaling SQL Server is often expensive requiring significant investments in additional hardware including high performance storage devices. Even then, limitations on SharePoint Content Databases still exist. Unstructured data or files make up between 90-95% of the storage in a typical SharePoint environment. Metalogix StoragePoint gives you the ability to externalize files in real-time to less expensive storage devices without impacting performance, the user experience or native SharePoint functionality.
Managing Large Volumes of Content in SharePoint Is Complex and Negatively Impacts Performance
Most SharePoint environments experience explosive growth as a result of user adoption and content consolidation. Managing the growth of SharePoint can be challenging as SQL Server database limitations require high speed storage or segmentation of data to support the growing demands of SharePoint. The constant need for resources or segmentation of data is complex and requires regular maintenance. Metalogix StoragePoint allows for the externalization of BLOBs (unstructured data or files) to a variety of external storage devices create a simplified storage architecture that does not require high performance storage devices.
File Encryption and Support for Compliant Storage is Unavailable Out-of-the-box
Many organizations leverage SharePoint for the management of sensitive or compliant documents. Unfortunately securing these documents through encryption or supporting compliant storage requirements is not possible with the native SharePoint storage architecture. Metalogix StoragePoint provides support for encrypting externalized documents, at-rest, while supporting the storage of documents on compliant storage or WORM (Write Once, Read Many) devices such as EMC Centera, EMC Elastic Cloud Storage, Dell DX Series and Hitachi HCP. Metalogix StoragePoint also supports the enforcement of records retention rules and synchronization of these rules between SharePoint Information Management Policies and compliant storage devices.
Disaster Recover and Backup for Large Farms
There is little doubt that large farms pose a serious challenge when dealing with backup and disaster recovery scenarios. This is, in part, due to the limited options when backing up very large SQL Server databases created by large farms not using Remote BLOB Storage (RBS) solutions. Since 90-95% of the typical SharePoint storage is comprised of files, BLOB externalization creates a unique opportunity for changing the backup strategy of your SharePoint farms. Once BLOBs are externalized they can be replicated or backed up using a variety of options that are far more efficient than backing up SQL Server databases.
- Operating System: Windows 2008 R2 Server or Windows 2012 Server
- SharePoint Server: SharePoint 2016 or SharePoint Foundation 2013
- Other Server Software: SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Enterprise Edition or SQL Server 2012 and 2014 Enterprise Edition
SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010
- Operating System: Windows 2008 Server, Windows 2008 R2 Server or Windows 2012 Server
- SharePoint Server: SharePoint Foundation Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
- Other Server Software: SQL Server 2005 64-bit, 2008, 2008 R2 or 2012. Use of RBS requires SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2 or 2012 Enterprise Editions
- Operating System: Windows 2003 or 2008 Server, 64-bit
- SharePoint Server: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS), Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS), Standard or Enterprise (Service Pack 1 or higher, 64-bit editions
SQL databases are not optimized for storing the unstructured content like documents, images and videos that dominates SharePoint. These unstructured objects, known as BLOBs, degrade performance and create SharePoint database sprawl, which is hard, time consuming and expensive to manage.