HP ProLiant Sizer for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

HP has made a tool available to do some sizing for a MOSS environment. I have seen this tool in action on TechEd and I must say that it is a pretty neat piece of software. It asks you some questions about your environment (number of users, expected load, do you want high availability, etc.) and it comes up with a MOSS configuration that can be saved and updated later on. In addtition to that, being a HP tool, it gives you an overview of the necessary hardware you will need with current HP prices. This way you can easily show any manager what their requested configuration will cost very quickly, when they come to you with their big dreams of SharePoint, slamming them right back to reality [:D].

The tool can be downloaded from: http://h71019.www7.hp.com/activeanswers/Secure/548230-0-0-0-121.html  (login required)The description that is published on the site for this tool is:

The HP ProLiant Sizer for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is an automated tool that provides a quick and consistent methodology to determine a “best-fit” server for your individual needs and enables you to both quickly compare different solution configuration (what-if scenario) and also to obtain a highly detailed, customizable server and storage solution complete with bill of materials and pricing.

·         It also addresses one of the most critical areas of Office SharePoint Server 2007 server design, performance and capacity planning for the storage subsystem. The storage sizing and configuration capabilities provide detailed best-practice storage volume and RAID recommendations to support the database and content storage needs, using HP direct-attach storage, HP StorageWorks MSA, or EVA Storage SAN solutions. ·         The tool solicits data or uses built-in defaults to determine the optimum solution, based on the Office SharePoint Server 2007 best-practice configurations and supported growth paths.  The default configurations that can be selected include an entry level solution, highly available solution, and an application optimized solution.  The tool’s “what if” feature allows very rapid comparison of the effects of workload changes, platform choices with respect to solution deployment, server capacity utilization, estimated network traffic. You will be allowed to select a configuration and customize for your particular environment, by adding or substituting components. ·         The HP ProLiant Sizer for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 was developed based on knowledge gained during extensive performance characterization of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 in the HP Solution Alliances Engineering performance labs in Nashua NH.  It builds on HP’s collaboration with Microsoft and the Office SharePoint Server performance whitepapers available from HP Active Answers.

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