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Storing large volumes of SharePoint content creates significant performance, cost and manageability issues (something that Microsoft acknowledges with its newly released storage guidelines). The Microsoft defined method for addressing these issues is binary large object (BLOB) offloading from SharePoint content databases. Despite being generally accepted by the SharePoint community, there are still a number of misconceptions. Questions remain regarding what BLOB offloading actually delivers for SharePoint and how it should best be used.
It is time to sort fact from fiction and learn the truth about SharePoint and Remote BLOB Storage (RBS).
Dr. Steve Marsh from Metalogix will dissect what RBS really offers by answering these key questions:
1) Do the new Microsoft SharePoint storage guidelines remove the need for BLOB offloading?
2) Does SharePoint have native RBS capabilities?
3) How does BLOB offloading impact SharePoint performance?
4) By using RBS, does it make a disaster recovery strategy more complex?
5) Is the Microsoft RBS FILESTREAM Provider an enterprise-class solution for BLOB offloading?