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Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Disaster Recovery Guide by Joel Plaut, Jeff Gellman, Pat Esposito, Peter Abreu, Pavlo Andrushkiw, Peter Ward

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DR impact of design decisions

The impact of design decisions are of importance during a partial recovery, where only part of the farm needs to be recovered. An example is a corrupted site, or a permanently overwritten document forcing a restore operation. The design has a direct effect on the planned size of content databases. SharePoint farms that evolve through organic growth or by poor design practices can lead to the use of a single, huge site collection, which in turn results in huge content databases. Backing up and restoring huge content databases require excessive time, and the availability of large storage pools.

A common challenge in large farms is not having clear naming standards for all the parts that connect a URL back to a database. ...

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