Leveraging AWS Marketplace Storage Solutions for Microsoft SharePoint
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Leveraging AWS Marketplace Storage Solutions for Microsoft SharePoint

Publication date: January 2018 (Document Details)

Abstract

Designing a cloud storage solution to accommodate traditional enterprise software such as Microsoft SharePoint can be challenging. Microsoft SharePoint is complex and demands a lot of the underlying storage that’s used for its many databases and content repositories. To ensure that the selected storage platform can accommodate the availability, connectivity, and performance requirements recommended by Microsoft you need to use third-party storage solutions that build on and extend the functionality and performance of Amazon Web Services (AWS) storage services.

An appropriate storage solution for Microsoft SharePoint needs to provide data redundancy, high availability, fault tolerance, strong encryption, standard connectivity protocols, point-in-time data recovery, compression, ease of management, directory integration, and support. The focus of this paper is to walk through the deployment and configuration of SoftNAS Cloud NAS, an AWS Marketplace third-party storage product that provides secure, highly available, redundant, and fault-tolerant storage to the Microsoft SharePoint collaboration suite.

Introduction

Successful Microsoft SharePoint deployments require significant upfront planning to understand the infrastructure and application architecture required. A successful deployment would ensure performance, scalability, high availability, and fault tolerance across all aspects of the application. The primary component of a successful Microsoft SharePoint architecture is the proper understanding and sizing of the storage system used by the SQL Server databases that store, analyze, and deliver content for the SharePoint application.

Microsoft SharePoint requires storage for several key aspects of its architecture to include a quorum for the Windows Services Failover Cluster (WSFC), WSFC witness server CIFS file share, Microsoft SQL Server Always On clustered database storage, Remote Blob Storage (RBS), and Active Directory integration.

Microsoft provides detailed guidance on SharePoint storage architecture and capacity planning in the Storage and SQL Server capacity planning and configuration (SharePoint Server) documentation on TechNet at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc298801(v=office.16).aspx. This guidance, described in the Architecture Considerations, provides details about how you can use a SharePoint implementation, the types and numbers of objects that you can store, the performance required for object storage and retrieval, and the storage design that best fits the requirements for a SharePoint implementation. This guidance drives how you can use the underlying storage provisioned with AWS in conjunction with AWS Marketplace third-party storage products to provide a successful storage architecture for deploying Microsoft SharePoint on AWS.

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