EMC and Microsoft at the SharePoint conference!

October 4, 2011

Time:  Yesterday, 8.30 Pacific
Where:  SharePoint Conference 2011 in Anaheim, California
Venue: Conference kick-off keynote

On stage: A DJ and a high performance SharePoint farm in two racks.

Backbone: EMC VNX 5700 Unified Storage Array with NEC high density Servers.

So what?: how about a 14TB Content Database with FAST search and 100 millions documents, thats what!

Delighted to say that EMC was center stage at the SharePoint conference and a main focus of the SharePoint main demo.
The demo which lasted 10 minutes showed how a large-scale sharepoint farm with a extremely large content database of 14TB, with FAST Search Server, running at full load suffering a SQL Server node outage.
The environment, using SQL Server Denali CTP3 and SQL’s AlwaysOn technology was key in failing over the SQL Content databases in seconds.

EMC was key in maintaining performance around the clock with this solution, and the VNX Array was not stressed at all even though very large IOPS/second were generated.

SharePoint 2010 Sp1 bring much larger content database supported sizes, up to 4TB for general use
and UNLIMITED for Documents and Records Center in specific circumstances (- 5% content access or 1% content modified per month/avg)

More information

whitepaper – Managing Multi-Terabyte Environments – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=223599

SP1 Announcement
Joel’s quick blog entry for the new limits –  http://www.sharepointjoel.com/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=457
Technet article on the details –  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262787.aspx