SharePoint natively stores Binary Large Objects (BLOBs) — the documents and other types of unstructured data that are the actual content in SharePoint — as well as their associated metadata, within the Microsoft SQL Server relational database. Since BLOBs compose up to 95% of the overall database volume and SQL doesn’t efficiently process this non-relational data, they add significant overhead which impacts SQL’s I/O performance, including backup operations.
About half of all organizations with SharePoint manage well over 1 terabyte of content—already exceeding Microsoft’s recommended limits for backing up content databases or site collections using native backup tools—with content growing at 65 percent each year.
Third-party storage solutions can dramatically improve SharePoint upload, download and backup performance by relocating BLOBs from SQL to virtually any storage device without affecting SharePoint features or functionality. This white paper explores how using a third party tool can enable you to achieve short RPOs (Recover Point Objectives), improve SharePoint performance, and dramatically reduce storage costs.