Alachisoft in TechEd America and TechEd Europe

June 7, 2012

Alachisoft has announced its participation in TechEd America and TechEd Europe to be held in Orland from June 11-14,2012 and June 22-25, 2012 in Amsterdam respectively, according to the Alachisoft Newsletter. Alachisoft will showcase two of its premier products there, NCache and StorageEdge.

Iqbal Khan, The Technology Evangelist at Alachisoft, will demonstrate to the visitors how NCache reduces expensive database trips resulting in enhanced performance and extended scalability, especially since these qualities are now considered core requirements for a reliable and efficient enterprise application.

While StorageEdge promises to strengthen your SharePoint ROI by assisting in offloading BLOBs onto cheaper storage tiers with various filtering options to help improve user experience and bandwidth. Though I’ve discussed the benefits and features of StorageEdge in detail in my earlier post, below are some of the highlights,

    – RBS Filestream provider
    – BLOB Externalization
    – Archiving to multi-Tire Storage
    – Rational Archiving for Compliance
    – File Share linker
    – Database Mirroring
    – Asynchronous BLOB Writing

Visitors will witness these remarkable features and noticed the strength of StorageEdge and NCache via live demos and presentations at the booth, apart from the brochures.

The event, hosted by Microsoft, is the leading event for business and IT professionals from all over the world. TechEd is offering most comprehensive education across Microsoft current and soon-to –be –released suites of products, solutions, tools and services. This will be the 20th Annual TechEd North America this June in Orlando and it will deliver four days of hand –on training from Microsoft experts.

Alachisoft also participated in the Last year’s TechEd which was held in Atlanta, North America. “This helped us build confidence in our customers who see us there every year and projected our growing influence and strategic place among up and coming companies. Thank you to all who were part of it and made it a success” said by CTO Iqbal Khan at the end of the last year’s event.


Use SharePoint Storage Wisely: Externalize Blobs

May 26, 2011

SQL Server is a high-performing resource manager for structured data. It provides an exceptional data management environment and an efficient SQL query engine. However, when it comes to large binary data streams, such as the ones that flow from SharePoint, it no longer remains a viable option to act as SharePoint BLOB Storage. A large proportion of content in a typical enterprise deployment of SharePoint is stored as binary data streams or BLOBs. However, SQL Server having not been designed to handle a heavy payload of unstructured data, a number of problems occur consequently.

So how to manage SharePoint Storage if SQL Server is not the right place to keep SharePoint’s unstructured data? The answer is StorageEdge. It takes care of the SharePoint storage by handling all BLOB management issues from within SharePoint; primarily it lets you use your storage options wisely, by externalizing the BLOB content out of SQL Server’s content database.

SharePoint Storage Problems and StorageEdge Solutions:

1: Large Database is unmanageable

As the database size grows, SQL Server performance degrades considerably which results in a poorly-responsive SharePoint environment. As a best practice, it is absolutely not recommended for a single SQL data file size to exceed 200 GB. Whereas your SharePoint infrastructure may have content in hundreds of GBs and it might eventually run into TBs, the content database of SharePoint no longer remains a viable option as multiple data files shall have to be created.

StorageEdge dramatically reduces database size (up to 90%) and the transaction load by externalizing the SharePoint BLOB content on SAN/NAS Storage. This frees up the database resources and as a result the SharePoint application performance improves. There are many other additional benefits that StorageEdge gives along with BLOB externalization see this .

2: Save Cost on expensive Storage

Externalizing BLOBs to an external media is the best option to consider for an optimized SharePoint storage environment. StorageEdge provides you with enterprise-grade providers for EBS and RBS to shift your BLOB content to an inexpensive storage media such as SAN, NAS, or Cloud.

Manage SharePoint Storage using StorageEdge Storage Providers

Figure 1 : Manage SharePoint Storage using StorageEdge Storage Providers

3: SQL Server Performance:

: Further, the BLOBs cannot make the best use of the indexing and querying capabilities of SQL Server because unstructured binary data does not expose itself to the rich SQL query environment. Store and retrieve operations for BLOBs are more than simple get and put. Therefore, its value as a BLOB store is limited. StorageEdge lets you manage BLOBs outside of SQL Server hence no performance bottlenecks for your SharePoint applications. Moreover, StorageEdge keeps your externalized content and content metadata in a completely synchronized state.

4: SharePoint Archiving:

In the presence of large amounts of binary data in SQL Server, backup and restore operations become tedious and too time consuming. Ideally, the primary storage should only be use for transactional content and historically large binary content should be stored in inexpensive storage media. StorageEdge lets you archive SharePoint content, based on various policies, to cheaper storage tiers and allows you to save storage costs. You can even choose Cloud as a cheapest medium for storing SharePoint archived content.

In a nutshell, externalizing BLOBs from SharePoint is not an option; rather it is a necessity for the best use of your SharePoint storage and for SharePoint deployment to perform. StorageEdge lets you achieve that with an absolute ease.

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