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SharePoint content storage options:
Ideally, it shouldn't matter where we store content. In the real world, though, this is one of the first and most important decisions when implementing and customizing a search system. In SharePoint alone, there are more than 10 content storage options, and for many organizations there are additional external content repositories.
Fundamentally, there are two dimensions to the content storage question: technology and usability. There are three basic technology options: the file system, special purpose software applications, and general purpose relational databases. From the user's perspective, the primary issues are:
Whatever its limitations as a search engine, SharePoint is popular as a search system in part because it addresses many of the issues in both dimensions. In this article we will: