Best Practices for Virtualizing & Managing SharePoint 2013

Why Virtualize SharePoint?

Increasingly, organizations want to virtualize modern multi-tiered applications like SharePoint, to better meet their business and collaboration needs. According to a report from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Lab, among organizations already using virtualization in some way, approximately 53 percent are moving toward implementing virtualization technology for more complex and advanced systems.1 For these organizations, it is necessary to consolidate and optimize computing resources for better flexibility, scalability, and manageability of mission-critical collaboration workloads like SharePoint 2013. This requirement is essential to better scale the key components of such demanding workloads—web servers, application servers, and database servers.2 In a traditional deployment of SharePoint, dedicated physical servers are usually used to deploy individual roles/components, including the front-end web server, application server, and database server (Figure 1). Organizations use separate physical servers for these roles to ensure high availability of services, better scalability, and improved performance. However, using separate physical servers for deploying separate roles has certain limitations, such as:  Underutilized resources: CPU, memory, and storage are dedicated to a specific workload and remain idle while waiting for instructions, thereby consuming unnecessary power and space.  Higher costs: Acquisition, maintenance, and management are more expensive.  Reduced efficiency: A longer time is required to recover from outages. Plus, a higher Recovery Time Objective (RTO) may affect the service-level agreement (SLA).

 

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Author: John Conley III

I am a technology and business consultant who provides state of the art software design services to rapidly growing and mature organizations using cutting edge technologies. Information Technology Professional with over 20 years of industry experience as a Software Architect/Lead Developer and Project Management Coach using service oriented (SOA/EIB) view of the software development process (Use Case/Story View, Class Design View, Database Design View, and Infrastructure View) and software design (Model-View-Controller based (MVC pattern/framework)). Coached PMs on various aspects of task and resource management and requirements tracking and tracing, and even filled in for PMs. Led teams of varying sizes mainly from the architect viewpoint: translating non-technical requirements into concrete, technical components and work units, identifying and creating reusable frameworks and design patterns, creating skeletal IDE projects with MVC wiring and config files, assigning app tiers or horizontal components to developers, making sure test team members have use cases and other work unit inputs to create an executable test/quality assurance plan, organizing meetings, ensuring enterprise standards and practices are adhered to, enforcing any regulatory and security compliance traceable from requirements/Solution Architecture Documents (SADs) all the way down to core classes in code, and so on Expertise includes designing and developing object-oriented, service/component-based software systems that are robust, high-performance and flexible for multiple platforms. Areas of specialization include Internet (business-to-business and business-to-consumer) e-commerce and workflow using Microsoft.NET technologies (up to current Visual Studio 2010/.Net Framework 4.0, MVC3/Razor View Engine, LINQ), TFS, Sharepoint 2007 (Task Mgmt, Build Script), Commerce Server 2007/2002 (basket and order pipeline), ASP.NET, ADO.NET, C#, Visual C++, Visual Basic.NET) and Java EE/J2EE, service oriented architecture (SOA) and messaging (MSMQ, MQSeries, SAP message handling) and more abstract enterprise service bus (ESB) designs, best patterns and practices, telecommunications and the offline processes of the enterprise. Provide detail estimates on budgets, guided design and development tasks with offshore teams, technical assessments of third party software tools and vendor selections, project/iteration planning and spring product backlogs, and level of effort for statements of work (including for offshore based development teams), including executive summary presentations as needed.

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