When looking at whether Azure premium storage is necessary, IOPS (input/output operations per second) is a good metric/guideline to look at. Does Sitecore provide any recommendations/guidelines as to what range is recommended for content management, content delivery and SQL Servers? Sitecore does provide guidance for Mongo servers, as they are known for needing specific IOP levels. I am looking for specific numbers for the other server roles.


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I am not aware any IOPS guidelines, but there is a Sitecore Experience Platform 8.2 Performance White Paper where they have made many test and the Premium Storage Account is only mentioned for MongoDB.

In general, your Primary MongoDB takes the biggest hit and needs the fastest drives. Other than that, Sitecore solutions have largely been found to be CPU bound, rather than bound by performance of drives and storage systems.

  • Please provide more info in the answer as this is a link-only answer now...
    – Gatogordo
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 10:14
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    in my answer I think I covered the most important thing from the document, that the Premium Storage Account is needed only for the the Mongo DB. Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 10:44
  • Links are not forever though. I agree with @Gatogordo's assessment. See also sitecore.stackexchange.com/help/promotion
    – Mark Cassidy
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 12:29
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    I think, after edits, this answer is within our guidelines
    – Mark Cassidy
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 15:26

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