Project Server 2013 – choosing a farm versus limitations


Hi all,

Before choosing which infrastructure that should support your Project Server 2013 deployment, you should always start by defining the business requirements followed by the needed customization and configuration. This would lead to fit/gap analysis where you are then able to compare needs against Microsofts recommendations in terms of hardware/farmsize.

Below you can see a table comparing configuration against small, medium and large datasets. This information can of course also be found on Technet (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/fp161198(v=office.15).aspx)

Entity
Small Medium Large
Projects 20 100 5000
Project   Sites 20 100 5000
% Projects in Managed Mode 0% 10% 80%
Tasks 1250 25000 1250000
Average Tasks Per Project 62.5 250 250
Task   Transaction History 10 10 100
Assignments 1625 32500 1625000
Average   Assignments Per Task 1.3 1.3 1.3
Average Tasks per My Site User 50 250 5000
Approvals 5 50 600
Resources 50 1000 10000
Average Resources Per Project 2.5 10 2
Average Assignments Per Resource 32.5 32.5 162.5
Users 50 1000 10000
Calendars 3 26 100
Issues 20 400 20000
Risks 20 400 20000
Deliverables 20 800 40000
Enterprise Project Types 5 50
Workflows 2 30
Average Projects Per Workflow 50 167
Phases 5 50
Phases Per Enterprise Project   Type 20 20
Stages 15 150
Stages Per Workflow 20 40
PDPs 10 100
Custom Fields Per PDP 10 10
Number   of Departments 100
Average Projects Per Department 50
Average   Resources Per Department 100
Timesheets Per Year 2600 52000 780000
Status   Reports Per Year 26000 260000
Note:
In the dataset size descriptions, the number of custom fields includes only the enterprise custom fields, not department custom fields. Department custom fields have essentially the same effect on the performance of Project Server 2013 as enterprise custom fields do. Therefore, if you have a large number of departmental custom fields (especially at the task level) you will require additional resources to support this. The prescriptions that are made regarding custom fields throughout this document apply to both enterprise custom fields and department custom fields.

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