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SharePoint users may be wasting valuable software space, vendor says

by | Mar 5, 2012

Companies using Microsoft SharePoint may want to increase their user base, but a recent report by an IT solutions vendor indicated that some performance issues may occur with the rapid influx of data.

To address these issues, the company highlighted several pitfalls that organizations can avoid that may hinder their use of SharePoint. For example, unstructured data, or binary large objects, account for as much as 95 percent of storage excess in a SharePoint environment.

“SharePoint is not optimized to house large media files such as videos, images and PowerPoint presentations,” the vendor said. “As more of this content is stored in SharePoint, it amplifies the likelihood that users will experience browser timeout, slow web server performance and upload and recall failures.”

The report also indicated that many files go unnoticed and unused in SharePoint, which is another storage hindrance.

Microsoft SharePoint is considered a useful enterprise content management tool, so much so that SeeUnity recently announced a new mobile application to harness the software’s power. According to the company, organizations can download ECM and SharePoint content directly to their iPads.