A Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2010 farm hosts the core platform services and applications that enable multiple capabilities for its users. Since its deployment usually employs a multi-tier architecture, it is important that the IT decision makers and administrators carefully plan to ensure service availability and accommodate future growth.

This paper discusses the implementation of a virtualized SharePoint 2010 farm on top of the Dell vStart solution including the architecture, benefits and the trade-offs in leveraging the underlying vStart design principles and best practices. Dell vStart is an integrated virtualization infrastructure solution that enables IT and business stakeholders to accelerate application and IT service delivery. Designed for reliability, vStart eliminates single points of failure and incorporates redundancy into all mission critical components.

Key benefits from the Integration between Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and vStart 100m, Dell’s pre-built virtualization solution configured for Microsoft Hyper-V, include:

  • Faster time to value: Leveraging vStart infrastructure for a SharePoint Server 2010 farm deployment enables faster time-to-value1 for the SharePoint application.
  • High Availability: The underlying vStart design along with application best practices2 helps ensure high availability of all SharePoint farm roles.
  • Performance and scale to support mid to large organizations: The SharePoint Server 2010 virtualized farm architecture in this paper was validated on up to 3500 concurrent users with a farm response time of 0.1 seconds and approximately 285 requests per second with a collaboration usage profile.