Every SharePoint administrator knows the challenge of dealing with SharePoint: The business wants to put everything in SharePoint so that as much data as possible is centrally located and managed; doing so, however, bloats the SharePoint SQL database and creates an administrative nightmare. How can you find your happy medium? How can you get as much data as possible into SharePoint – searchable, version-controlled, and secured – while keeping your database as trim as possible? The answer is storage optimization, and it’s the subject of this book by noted industry expert Don Jones. You’ll learn how to optimize SharePoint for the inclusion of large content items, external content items (like databases, shared files, and media files), and even "dormant" content that you no longer actively need – but can’t afford to get rid of.
Solutions and systems that address High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) have been paramount in preventing application downtime and its crippling effect on productivity and operational output. But the traditional differences between HA and DR have been blurred by new mechanisms introduced by emerging technologies. And while it is possible to provide HA and DR together, there are cases when it is important to keep the two activities separate in order to guarantee 24X7 access to business applications.
In The Shortcut Guide to Untangling the Difference Between High Availability and Disaster Recovery, author and IT expert Richard Siddaway examines HA and DR, and explains how understanding the many differences between the two will allow you to create a proper system to guard against application downtime. Siddaway offers his insight not only on how technology can be used in HA and DR solutions, but also how management of the human element must factor into any successful HA / DR solution.
Though Microsoft SharePoint has emerged as a market front-runner in the race to empower business users and provide collaborative systems for decision making, few SharePoint installations live up to the prophecies originally hyped during the buy-in process. The brilliance of any successful enterprise application is its sustainability, not the initial reply to an urgent business need.
The Shortcut Guide to Storage Considerations for Microsoft SharePoint will help bright IT engineers and administrators choose flexible storage for SharePoint that will stand the test of time. The guide examines SharePoint’s distinct storage requirements and recommends strategies for determining optimal yet affordable disk solutions that will support your SharePoint investment both now and into the future. Readers will learn about the pitfalls of inadequate storage management, I/O performance enhancements for SharePoint components, and high-availability options combined with data archiving to best manage data bloat. Lastly, an in-depth discussion of best practices for deploying SharePoint onto iSCSI will prepare any enterprise, large or small, which may be ready to ramp up their disk architecture.
Chapter 1: Moving Beyond Current File Serving Philosophies