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SharePoint Hosting Requirements

Posted By: Steve Rastall

On 11th November


SharePoint Hosting Requirements

When it comes to planning the way SharePoint will be deployed, igroup look at a number of factors to ensure that performance is maximised.  The hosting requirements for SharePoint include consideration of both the hardware that is to be used – whether physical or cloud servers – as well as the additional software that is needed to run SharePoint correctly.

Core Factors for Hosting SharePoint

A SharePoint farm is normally made up of multiple machines that handle different functions:

    • Application Server
    • Database Server
    • Front End Server

In addition to these, it is necessary to include additional machines to handle Active Directory for identity and user management; and sufficient resource to handle the diagnostics software that ensures SharePoint functions correctly.

A simplified schematic for SharePoint is shown below:

 

Software Requirements for Hosting SharePoint

The minimum Software Requirements for hosting SharePoint are as follows:

Database Server

    • Either the 64-Bit Edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2012
    • Or
    • The 64-Bit Edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5

Front End Web Server

    • Either the 64-Bit Edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2012
    • Or
    • The 64-Bit Edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012
    • IIS 7.5

In addition to the software above, SharePoint’s Product Preparation Tool will also install additional software including Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5, Microsoft Sync Runtime; PowerShell; and Windows Identity Framework (WIF).

Hardware Requirements

SharePoint is a complex platform, and as such requires solid compute resources in order to function effectively.  Your actual environment structure will always be dependent on the level of usage that is required including:

    • Volume of data stored (overall disk size)
    • Number of users (processor and memory to handle demand)

The minimum requirements for server infrastructure for SharePoint Hosting are:

Database Servers

    • Up to 1000 users: 64-Bit Processor, 4 Cores, 8GB RAM
    • Over 1000 users: 64-Bit Processor, 8 Cores, 64GB RAM
    • 80GB Hard Disk (This will need to scale based on demand)

Web / Application Server

    • 64-Bit Processor, 8 Cores, 12GB RAM
    • 80GB Hard Disk (This will need to scale based on demand)

Physical Infrastructure or Cloud Hosting?

Historically, most businesses chose to use physical servers to host SharePoint, however this reduces the amount of flexibility to handle peaks and troughs in demand.  In addition to this, physical servers require regular back ups and are subject to reliability.  This can mean extensive downtime in the event of any outages.

SharePoint can be hosted in Microsoft Azure data centres with virtual machines deployed to match any configuration.  This has the advantage of improving uptime, but also offers more flexibility to change the structure of the farm as your organisation’s needs change.

In some cases, specific requirements around data governence may require that information is split between hosting some data under certain conditions (locally) while the applications are cloud hosted in a hybrid environment.

For more information about how igroup help organisations plan and meet SharePoint hosting requirements to ensure the best possible performance for their needs, please contact a member of our team today on 0207 099 0632.

 



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