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Microsoft® SharePoint 2010: Administrator’s Pocket Consultant by Ben Curry

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Chapter 2. Scaling to a MultiServer Farm

The two primary reasons for scaling out a server farm are to achieve high availability and to improve performance. For example, those looking for high availability need at least two Web servers, two application servers, and a clustered Microsoft SQL Server back end. If top performance is strictly the goal, you might have only a single four-core database server, one very fast Web server, and a single application server. Whatever your goal, be aware that Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 does not have as many limitations regarding scaling and topology choices as earlier versions. But this increased ...

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