A Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2010 farm hosts the core platform services and applications that provide many different functions for users. With the multi-tier architecture, sizing of each of the tiers of a SharePoint farm requires a comprehensive study of the workload requirements and performance capabilities of each hardware component. Dell’s priority is to provide accurate guidance to customers when recommending infrastructure elements of a SharePoint implementation.
Dell’s SharePoint engineering team developed a load generation framework to perform SharePoint load testing to provide guidance on choosing the best farm architecture to increase performance and keep client response times to less than one second. This performance data is provided to our customers to help them understand the impact of SharePoint collaboration workloads, and how to size and design the best farm architecture to support these workloads.
This white paper includes results of a comprehensive study and describes how a small virtualized SharePoint farm, built using the new 12th generation Dell PowerEdge™ servers and Dell EqualLogic™ storage arrays, performed under load testing. The key findings from this study are:
The paper also details information on how the farm was configured, factors considered while designing the farm, how Dell performs SharePoint load testing, and several performance metrics of various farm components.