The SharePoint 2013 Preview is here, and with it, a lot of information to consume. The following offers some high-level insights into the Architecture, Features, and Resources for SharePoint 2013. As we dig deeper into this new platform, we will take a hard look at the true value it brings to the Enterprise.
While the core architecture is largely unchanged from SharePoint 2010 (we still have Service Applications, etc.), there are some sizable additions to the platform such as Shredded Storage, SQL Improvements, cross server Cache Service, and Request Management (can redirect requests to differing servers). Classic authentication is also no longer the default, in fact not recommended and can only be enabled via PowerShell. Claims Based is now the default and recommended authentication mechanism.
Additionally, many of the Service Applications have been improved, new Service Applications are in place, and some changes have occurred such as moving Office Web Apps out of the Service Application role and consolidating Web Analytics as part of Search. Office Web Apps are still available in a new more powerful form through dedicated servers.
With more power comes more responsibility, and in this case, that responsibility lies in allocating enough RAM. SharePoint 2013 is a beast with requirements at 24 GB for a “Development or evaluation installation of SharePoint Server 2013 Preview”, and 12 GB per Web or Application Server versus the 8 GB we had in SharePoint 2010.
SharePoint 2013 Hardware and Software Requirements
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