Sanjay Narang\’s Blog

May 15, 2007

MOSS 2007, Capacity Planning, Performance Summary, Optimal Topologies and HP Servers

Filed under: MOSS, SharePoint — sanjaynarang @ 10:01 am

HP has recently published a white paper titled “Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 on HP ProLiant Servers – Performance Summary” that has been authored by Jimi Ibbett. The paper is available here:

For any enterprise server like MOSS, capacity planning for the required performance levels is always tricky. It’s difficult to get optimal capacity without testing different types of loads on various configurations of different hardware. This paper has been published after testing various workloads on 12 different servers which were mix of HP Proliant Blade and Rack servers. The servers had various combination of  Processors – single core and dual core, AMD and Intel, x86 and x64.

You can expect to have answers for the following questions (but not limited to these) after reading this paper:

  • What are best practices or example configurations for different types of environments: entry level, highly available and application optimized?
  • What kind of performance can be expected for example configurations for different types of workloads (read only/read write) for parameters such as Throughput, CPU utilization for Web Frond Ends(WFE) and Database (DB) servers?
  • How 32 bit and 64 bit processors are different in terms of performance and what’s HP recommendation?
  • What are general rules of thumb one can follow for MOSS performance planning? One example thumb rule provide in the paper is:
    “For the 2-server SMB configuration (all Office SharePoint Server services running on a single server), assume a maximum throughput of 75-100 requests/second. For a single-server SMB configuration (All Office SharePoint Server services and SQL Server running on one server), assume a maximum throughput of 50-75 requests/second.”
  • What should one do for IIS application pool tuning and memory usage?
    How different types of Caches provided in MOSS be used to get optimal performance
  • What kind of network traffic be expected between different servers?
  • How do you size your solution for expected throughput?
  • How to determine required Throughput?
  • How to estimate storage for different MOSS servers?

You’d also get to know some interesting facts such as:
The performance (server throughput) of Office SharePoint Server 2007 will be less than SharePoint Portal Server 2003 when characterized on the same type/class of server.


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