The SharePoint 2013 Preview is here, and with it, a lot of information to consume. The following offers some high-level insights into the Architecture, Features, and Resources for SharePoint 2013. As we dig deeper into this new platform, we will take a hard look at the true value it brings to the Enterprise.

Architecture

While the core architecture is largely unchanged from SharePoint 2010 (we still have Service Applications, etc.), there are some sizable additions to the platform such as Shredded Storage, SQL Improvements, cross server Cache Service, and Request Management (can redirect requests to differing servers). Classic authentication is also no longer the default, in fact not recommended and can only be enabled via PowerShell. Claims Based is now the default and recommended authentication mechanism.

Additionally, many of the Service Applications have been improved, new Service Applications are in place, and some changes have occurred such as moving Office Web Apps out of the Service Application role and consolidating Web Analytics as part of Search. Office Web Apps are still available in a new more powerful form through dedicated servers.

With more power comes more responsibility, and in this case, that responsibility lies in allocating enough RAM. SharePoint 2013 is a beast with requirements at 24 GB for a "Development or evaluation installation of SharePoint Server 2013 Preview", and 12 GB per Web or Application Server versus the 8 GB we had in SharePoint 2010.

SharePoint 2013 Hardware and Software Requirements

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485(v=office.15)#hwforwebserver

Features

SharePoint 2013 boosts a lot of new features, specifically around Social Networking, leveraging the Cloud to build apps, the "SharePoint Store" to publish and obtain apps, a deeper translation engine, and WCM capabilities that allow developers to leverage tools such as Dreamweaver to interact with SharePoint. Some of the key features I am most excited to dig into and tear apart are the ECM based ones. Specifically:

  • Unified Discovery across Exchange, SharePoint and Lync
  • The Discovery Center and Discovery Sets
  • Site Based Compliance and Preservation
  • Document Set Improvements
  • Managed Metadata Improvements

Summary and Resources

SharePoint 2013 offers some new functionality and improvements, but we need to be mindful that this is just the Preview and may not represent the final product. I hope it addresses some of the core pain points listed here, and will keep you posted as we dig deeper into its capabilities: https://www.captechconsulting.com/blogs/must-have-features-the-next-version-sharepoint-sharepoint-2013

Some key resources to help you learn more about SharePoint 2013 are as follows:

Official SharePoint 2013 Site
http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/en-us/preview/default.aspx

SharePoint 2013 Resources for IT Professionals
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/sharepoint/fp142366

SharePoint 2013 Resources for Developers
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/sharepoint/fp123576

SharePoint 2013 Training and Walkthrough Videos
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/sharepoint/fp123606

SharePoint 2013 Training and Walkthrough PowerPoint Presentations
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30361

SharePoint 2013 Preview Download Link
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh973397.aspx?wt.mc_id=TEC_121_1_33