SharePoint 2013 makes great advances in data storage with its new “shredded storage” feature, which helps slow storage growth from file versions. Yet those file BLOBs are still stored in SQL Server, exacerbating SharePoint performance demands.

What is shredded storage?

Shredded Storage in brief can be viewed as an extension of the MS-FSSHTTP work to provide more efficient transfer of files between client and server. Shredded Storage, effectively distributes a single BLOB, or monolithic stream, across multiple partitions.  When a user updates a file, only the partition that corresponds to the change is updated.  The net result is smoother IO patterns, and more efficient utilization of storage when using historical version.