Remote BLOB Storage for SharePoint Foundation 2010

There has been a lot of misconcenption around remote blob storage (RBS) capabilities with SharePoint 2010.  For some time many thought that RBS would be a optional feature included in the core release of SharePoint 2010/SharePoint Foundation 2010.  We know now that this is simply not the case.  The StoragePoint team has previously published materials comparing the features of the RBS FileStream Provider (an additional downlad that is part of a feature pack) with StoragePoint.  You can view that comparison here.  Microsoft has recently published a short white paper detailing RBS options with SharePoint Foundation 2010.  This is an excellant white paper that identifies the need for RBS (scalability and storage costs) along with addressing misconceptions about the capabilities of the RBS FileStream Provider.  For quite a while I have asserted that the RBS FileStream provider was purpose built to support upgrades from WSS 3.0 w/ WIDE (Windows Integrated Database) option and that RBS FileStream is not an enterprise solution.  The recently published document confirms my previous assertions.  You can download a copy of the white paper here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=90ef5bf8-915e-41bd-806b-f915fbf5d353&displaylang=en

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