Best Practices for Virtualizing & Managing SharePoint 2013

Why Virtualize SharePoint?

Increasingly, organizations want to virtualize modern multi-tiered applications like SharePoint, to better meet their business and collaboration needs. According to a report from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Lab, among organizations already using virtualization in some way, approximately 53 percent are moving toward implementing virtualization technology for more complex and advanced systems.1 For these organizations, it is necessary to consolidate and optimize computing resources for better flexibility, scalability, and manageability of mission-critical collaboration workloads like SharePoint 2013. This requirement is essential to better scale the key components of such demanding workloads—web servers, application servers, and database servers.2 In a traditional deployment of SharePoint, dedicated physical servers are usually used to deploy individual roles/components, including the front-end web server, application server, and database server (Figure 1). Organizations use separate physical servers for these roles to ensure high availability of services, better scalability, and improved performance. However, using separate physical servers for deploying separate roles has certain limitations, such as:  Underutilized resources: CPU, memory, and storage are dedicated to a specific workload and remain idle while waiting for instructions, thereby consuming unnecessary power and space.  Higher costs: Acquisition, maintenance, and management are more expensive.  Reduced efficiency: A longer time is required to recover from outages. Plus, a higher Recovery Time Objective (RTO) may affect the service-level agreement (SLA).

 

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