What is a SharePoint Farm and why is it an important part of your SharePoint configuration?
Planning the right collection of servers for your SharePoint installation will ensure that you are able to access data efficiently as well as improve staff collaboration. Often called the SharePoint Farm, the right topology will be identified early in the planning process.
Regardless of whether your business is planning on implementing an on premise, online or hybrid SharePoint solution, server farms will need to be grouped so that they can share common resources and be managed from central database(s).
As one of the UK’s leading SharePoint specialist, igroup has an expert team who have the knowledge and understanding to create the right server farm solution for your business. Whether you are using a single server for SharePoint through to multiple farms sharing resources, our team can guide you through all stages of deploying your environment.
Within a SharePoint Farm there are three main roles for servers that are used to create the right structure or topology. These are:
- Front end web servers – the servers which end users connect to when they open a SharePoint page so that they can access data
- Application servers – servers which are assigned the task of running applications for the organisation
- Database servers (SQL) – These are the servers which specifically handle data within SharePoint
Within a SharePoint farm several different services can run on one or more servers which will ensure that in the event of failure the system has built in redundancies and business efficiency is not compromised.
For organisations with an international presence or with multiple locations, the SharePoint farm structure may mean they operate multiple farms in different geographic locations that are interconnected to allow data and application sharing as well as operational backup.