No web parts, stubs or agents
No appliances need to be added
SQL database reduction
Reduced Management Overhead
SharePoint’s scalability is hampered by the way that data is managed in a traditional SharePoint environment. Both structured and unstructured data is stored in SQL supported by expensive SAN or NAS storage with high processing power. The high processing power is needed to be able to handle the reads and write initiated by a SharePoint user. The data is broken up three times between SQL and the Storage device. This architecture also means that more and more SQL servers have to be acquired to handle the data growth. Another issue is that SQL is far from ideal to handle unstructured data.
Stealth Content Store only stores structured data in SQL. All unstructured data is stored directly from the SharePoint WFE to the (cloud) storage platform of choice. The SharePoint environment can be scaled easily and inexpensively by using better suited storage platform, such as for example Object Storage. The high processing power is no longer needed as the unstructured data is stored as complete files, so-called Binary Large Objects (BloB’s). As a result, the performance of the SharePoint environment is substantially improved. Stealth Software completed an extensive Proof of Concept for a major government agency, to showcase the performance difference between a traditional SharePoint environment and a SharePoint environment equipped with Stealth Content Store. The results can be found in the report that was prepared for the customer, Agency X.
Stealth Content Store is software-only solution that is installed on the existing SharePoint servers. There is no need for webparts or stubs. Web parts and stubs get in the way of patches or upgrades in SharePoint. There is no need for appliances or webservers, these not only require extra capex, they only need to be redundant and create an additional single point of failure.
Up to 95% of the data (unstructured data) can be moved out of SQL and stored directly on the external (cloud) storage platform, circumventing SQL completely.
As a result of all the benefits mentioned the management overhead for the SharePoint team will be substantially lower as far as managing the SharePoint infrastructure is concerned.