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SOURCE: Technet (link) - Performance and capacity planning is the process of mapping your solution design for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 to a farm size and set of hardware that will support your business goals.
The articles in this section include:
Capacity management and sizing for SharePoint Server 2010
This article walks you through the process of determining the hardware requirements for a single farm, and provides an overview of the planning process.
SharePoint Server 2010 capacity management: Software boundaries and limits
This article provides a starting point for planning the performance and capacity of your system. This article includes performance and capacity testing results and guidelines for acceptable performance.
Performance and capacity technical case studies (SharePoint Server 2010)
This article provides links to key technical case study articles that contain performance and capacity details for specific environments running SharePoint Server 2010.
Performance and capacity test results and recommendations (SharePoint Server 2010)
This article provides links to articles that provide test results and recommendations for specific feature sets in SharePoint Server 2010.
Storage and SQL Server capacity planning and configuration (SharePoint Server 2010)
This article describes a process for planning storage and SQL Server capacity for a SharePoint Server 2010 deployment.
The following resources can also be helpful for capacity planning:
Hardware and software requirements (SharePoint Server 2010)
- Topologies for SharePoint Server 2010
- Search Architectures for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
- Design Search Architectures for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
- Search Environment Planning for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
To download these models, see Technical diagrams (SharePoint Server 2010).