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Large dataset hardware recommendations for Project Server 2013

Project Server 2013
 

Applies to: Project Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2013-12-18

Summary  Here are the hardware recommendations for a large deployment of Project Server 2013.

For large datasets, the data load will be the most substantial performance bottleneck. Generally, at a minimum for large datasets you will want a 4×2×1 topology. The hardware characteristics of the front-end Web and Application servers can generally remain the same as those recommended for the small and medium datasets. However, given that the SQL Server tier will be the bottleneck, you may find that this constrains your ability to scale out to additional front-end Web and Application servers. If data load is your bottleneck, you may find that additional front-end Web and Application servers do not produce an improvement in throughput.

For large datasets, it is possible that the SharePoint Server 2013 instance that Project Server 2013 is coexisting with is also getting heavy usage (that is, you are not using that SharePoint Server 2013 deployment specifically for Project Server 2013 functionality). In this case we recommend that you separate the Project Server 2013 ProjectService database from the SharePoint Server 2013 content databases, placing it on its own dedicated computer that is running SQL Server.

Given that the SQL Server tier will be your bottleneck, you will want to invest in additional resources on the SQL Server tier of your topology. You can "scale-up" your SQL Server by adding additional RAM, CPU, and hard disk resources.

The tables that follow give the minimum and recommended specifications for the SQL Server tier of a large dataset topology.

SQL Server database minimum requirements for Project Server 2013

Component Minimum requirement

Processor

64-bit, four-core, 2.5 GHz minimum per core

If your dataset size is considerably larger than the medium dataset, 8 cores are recommended.

RAM

32 GB

Hard disk

250 GB

NoteNote:
Ideally, you should separate and prioritize data among disks. Place your data files and your SQL Server transaction logs on separate physical hard disks.
NoteNote:
RAID 5 should provide a good compromise between reliability, and throughput.

SQL Server database recommendations for Project Server 2013

Component Minimum requirement

Processor

64-bit, eight-core, 2.5 GHz minimum per core

If your dataset size is considerably larger than the medium dataset, 8 cores are recommended.

RAM

64 GB

Hard disk

300 GB or more

NoteNote:
Ideally, you should separate and prioritize data among disks. Place your data files and your SQL Server transaction logs on separate physical hard disks.
NoteNote:
RAID 5 should provide a good compromise between reliability and throughput.

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