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Does your SQL Server database improve SharePoint performance?
This article is part of the SharePoint Insider issue of November 2008
SharePoint lives and breathes by its SQL Server databases. With the introduction of Windows SharePoint Server, even a small company can end up with a database that is quite large. And a large company can end up with a database that quickly approaches a ridiculous size. Every page that the SharePoint portal displays is saved into a SQL database. So is every document uploaded into the document repository. SharePoint doesn't necessarily follow the SQL Server table design best practices. More on SharePoint performance tuning SharePoint performance demands finely tuned SQL Server, storage That, in addition to having these large databases, can mean that designing a highly scalable SQL Server to run your SharePoint environment can be a challenge. Smaller systems can work nicely on your existing SQL Server hardware This doesn't change if your current environment is running on the x86 hardware platform. (Note: In this article, "x64" refers to both x64 and Itanium platforms.) Larger systems will want to move into the x64 hardware ...
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Service models work hand in hand with governance to shape each SharePoint deployment into a unique installation that meets business needs.
Growing your SQL Server installation beyond a single server, and maintaining proper storage levels can greatly improve SharePoint Server performance.
Giving SharePoint site owners the power to manage their own part of the SharePoint site map frees up administrators to manage more critical areas of the SharePoint environment.