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Now available: HPE Reference Architecture SharePoint 2016 MinRole and Sizer




new norma.pngBy Norma McKinney, HPE Product Manager, Unified Communications & Collaborations

Better performance is something we all want. For instance, take a race car driver. He wants peak performance in every aspect of the race and to achieve this, he looks to his pit crew to review every aspect of the car, the racetrack, and the competition to win the checkered flag.

In this same way, the collaboration team at HPE wants applications to be at their peak for end users. The HPE “pit crew” consists of master technologists and engineers that develop Reference Architectures (RAs) that help users configure and modify their infrastructure to achieve peak performance. This team doesn’t just write the Reference Architectures, they test the workloads on HPE infrastructure with typical end-to-end customer environments and run a rigorous set of tests to validate the configuration.

Over the last several months, the HPE team has worked in the HPE labs to test and research one of the new features in SharePoint 2016, MinRole.  What does this mean for users? Lab tests show that utilizing MinRolebigstock-FONTANA-CA--FEB---Clint-B-31811033.jpg improves RPS (requests per second) throughput by 12-16% when deploying MinRole front-end and search server VMs. This increase in performance is possible because the MinRole version provides optimized performance for each specific role as part of the role implementation within SharePoint 2016.

The HPE RA team has concluded that running web services on a MinRole front-end server is more efficient than running web services on a custom server. Why the increase in performance?  Quite simply, MinRole fulfills its intended goals of providing a much easier deployment model and process for the solution designer and engineer.  MinRole also provides optimized server roles that are able to deliver increased performance compared to previous SharePoint versions. To learn more download the HPE Reference Architecture for optimizing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 topology and performance using MinRole and HPE Technologies here. Or take a look at this Microsoft TechNet article.

I suggest that you also download the SharePoint 2016 Sizer. In case you are not familiar with Sizers, it is an automated tool that enables you to determine the most appropriate deployment of HPE servers and storage to suit your virtualized or physical SharePoint 2016 solution requirements. Using these Sizers will help you make the right infrastructure decisions for your environment and will give you an extra edge during budget planning and strategy meetings.

All of the latest updates on collaboration Reference Architectures and other resources can be found in the HPE Reference Architecture Library.


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