Another Version of SharePoint, Another Increase in Hardware Required

November 10, 2012

Another Version of SharePoint, Another Increase in Hardware Required

As with most Microsoft products, every time there is a new version the hardware requirements to run the new software increases to keep up with evolutions in hardware and to provide more resources to the new features within the product.  SharePoint 2013 is no different…here is a table that shows the evolution of hardware requirements from from 2007 to 2013:

Component
2007
2010
2013
Web Front End

Dual processors that are each faster than 3 GHz
2 GB RAM
3 GB of free space plus adequate free space

64-bit, four cores
8 GB RAM for production use in a single server or multiple server farm
80 GB for system drive

64-bit, four cores
12 GB RAM for production use in a single server or multiple server farm
80 GB for system drive

Application Server

Dual processors that are each faster than 2.5 GHz
4 GB RAM
3 GB of free space

64-bit, four cores
8 GB RAM for production use in a single server or multiple server farm
80 GB for system drive

64-bit, four cores
12 GB RAM for production use in a single server or multiple server farm
80 GB for system drive

SQL Database

Pentium III-compatible processor or higher
Recommended: 1 GHz or higher
Recommended: 1 GB or more

64-bit, eight cores for medium deployments
8 GB RAM for small deployments
16 GB RAM for medium deployments

64-bit, eight cores for medium deployments
8 GB RAM for small deployments
16 GB RAM for medium deployments

For those of you looking to use existing hardware for SharePoint 2013, you may need additional hardware to keep up with the latest version…this could be another good reason to move to the cloud!

1 Comment

  1. Hi,

    Don’t forget that “Single server with a built-in database or single server that uses SQL Server” (APP+ WFE on 1 server) requires 24GB of ram.

    I did a similar post last month only comparing 2010 vs 2013. However it’s nice that you included 2007.. back in the day when 2GB of ram was enough :)

    http://www.absolute-sharepoint.com/2012/10/sharepoint-2010-vs-sharepoint-2013.html

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