Category Archives: BLOB Externalization

Why use On-Premises SharePoint with BLOB Storage in the Cloud?

SharePoint cloud storage can provide significant reduction in cost by drastically reducing the total costs of ownership of storage hardware and its associated management. It is interesting to examine the possible scenarios in which the potentials of cloud based storage … Continue reading

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Move from EBS to RBS

SharePoint has seen such wide-scale adoption and enough empirical evidence is now available to establish that BLOB externalization outperforms in-SQL storage. BLOB storage in SQL Server hampers the overall performance of a SharePoint infrastructure. Microsoft first introduced External BLOB Storage … Continue reading

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Which BLOBs to Externalize?

In an earlier debate here, I had talked about the fact the although there is a very strong case in favor of externalizing the BLOBs out of SQL Server to inexpensive tiers of storage for most of the SharePoint installations, … Continue reading

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Structure your Externalized BLOBs using Multi-Tiered Storage

It is an established industry observation that the data loses its value as it gets older. A fair estimate reveals that in a typical environment, the active data constitutes only 2-4%, aging data is close to 10% and the rest … Continue reading

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Data Security of the Externalized BLOBs

There cannot be two opinions about the significance of pushing the unstructured BLOB content out of SharePoint/SQL Server dynamic duo to the inexpensive storage. However, moving BLOBs to the external storage can result in compromising the externalized BLOBs security. Many … Continue reading

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Use SharePoint Blob Caching for Performance Boost

I have written on a number of occasions on the way BLOBs are treated by the SharePoint/SQL Server combo and why it is important to separate the BLOBs out from the content metadata. One aspect of BLOB management is their … Continue reading

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Backup and Restore of SharePoint Elements: Order is the Key

Taking regular backups of SharePoint is an important aspect of SharePoint Administration as the granular recovery of the SharePoint items is a core part of an administrator’s job. The backup and recovery challenges which accompany the growing volume of SharePoint … Continue reading

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Use SharePoint Storage Wisely by Externalizing BLOBs

SQL Server is a great database but like all other relational databases, it wasn’t designed to store BLOBs. And ironically SQL Server is the main SharePoint storage even though a large portion of SharePoint data is documents that are stored … Continue reading

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External vs. Remote BLOB Storage

In my various blog posts on SharePoint Storage I have highlighted the fact that SQL Server is not the right place to carry heavy payload of SharePoint unstructured data called BLOBs. This is because the BLOB storage in SQL Server … Continue reading

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Link Legacy Documents to SharePoint without Copying

SharePoint, as the name suggests, means a place to share something. True to its name, SharePoint is essentially a document-centric collaboration platform, supporting sharing of documents, reports, calendars, lists, announcements and other publishable material. However, despite all the niceties, SharePoint … Continue reading

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