I recently attended DevConnections 2007 in Las Vegas, and on one of the sessions, a new SharePoint Tool was presented: The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool.
The tool is now released in its first beta version, and it can be downloaded here.
The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool is both a pre-sales/pre-deployment, and planning tool, and can be used for helping out companies in several scenarios. Here are some examples:
- I don’t know if I need 10 Servers or 1 server to meet the needs of my large law firm of 1000 users.
- Should I buy 10 Server CALs or 5? I know I need something to get started, but not sure where to start.
- I’m confused by the capacity planning documentation; I wish I just had a tool I could put in a few inputs to get me started.
- I don’t want to have to hire a consultant to tell me I can handle my small 200 person deployment with a single server, but I can’t figure it out on my own based on available product documentation.
- I’ve used the HP capacity planning tool and I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do, but I would like a more platform agnostic view.
- My deployment is blocked until I can figure out what kind of topology I should be running to get basic high availability