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Best Practices for Optimizing SharePoint Storage Management Strategies
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, the latest release of Microsoft’s best-selling server product, is quickly revolutionizing how organizations worldwide connect their people, processes, and information. It will mark SharePoint’s evolution from a server “application” into a full-fledged platform – the world’s first enterprise-class “virtual ecosystem” to fulfill the promise of truly unifying business’ information management.
Organizations considering SharePoint Server 2010 should do appropriate planning with regard to the effective management of SharePoint storage as well as the intelligent management of SharePoint content lifecycles. Because of its best-in-class collaboration and information management capabilities, SharePoint is the ideal platform for the presentation and management of enterprise content.
However, SharePoint uses a unified storage infrastructure that utilizes the SQL Server database. While SQL is an efficient database technology, its use as SharePoint’s backend can pose unique challenges for organizations that are looking to centralize terabytes’ worth of legacy data. SQL is a relatively expensive storage media compared to file- and cloud-based storage, and SQL’s performance can also be compromised when burdened with unstructured, non-relational data such as Binary Large Objects (BLOBs).
Continue reading to learn more about the best practices for optimizing SharePoint storage management strategies.