What Are the Benefits of Using RBS (Remote BLOB Storage)? by metlogix12

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There are various nuances and options that should be taken into account when deciding on how to best utilize RBS with SharePoint.

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									                 What Are the Benefits of Using RBS (Remote BLOB Storage)?

There are various nuances and options that should be taken into account when deciding on how
to best utilize RBS with SharePoint. A good RBS solution should dramatically reduce the
amount of SharePoint content that is stored in the SQL Server, by up to 95% if everything is
optimal.

Benefits of a good RBS solution include:

Ease of administration
A good RBS solution is managed from within SharePoint’s familiar management application –
Central Administration. The ability to live within SharePoint’s system is vital to the ease of
management of any RBS solution. Not all solutions are administered through Central
Administration, but Metalogix StoragePoint is.

Tiered storage
The total cost of storage can be greatly reduced by reducing the size of the storage required for
the database and using less expensive storage for the remote BLOB content.

Compression of data
SharePoint content tends to grow bigger and bigger and the ability to compress data can save a
tremendous amount of space. Single-instancing is important with regards to data compression
and saving space, as it only stores the minor changes in content, instead of “entire copies of
almost identical files.” StoragePoint offers this beneficial component, as it includes data
compression and single-instancing.

Securing of BLOB content
The ability to encrypt BLOBs is an absolute must in an RBS solution, as it ensures the securing
of BLOB content, like sensitive legal documents or confidential spreadsheets – this in turn
ensures that such documents do not fall into the wrong hands. Furthermore Write One Read
Many (WORM) storage is beneficial in this way as well, as data can be written but not altered
after it has been written.

Ease of migration between BLOBs
A good RBS solution increases the ease of management by allowing you to move content
between storage locations, without having to recall the content to the database first.

Archive Integration and Intelligent Management
Archive integration is the ability of an RBS solution to integrate with SharePoint’s many features
designed to fulfill information management requirements. Intelligent Management is essentially
the ability to intelligently manage your BLOB content, a critical component of an RBS solution.

About the Author:

Metalogix provides remote BLOB storage solutions for SharePoint. For more information visit
http://www.metalogix.com.

								
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