Comparing SharePoint 2016 Boundaries and limitations with SharePoint 2013 & 2010

You can examine new improvements in boundaries and limitation whenever a new SharePoint version is coming which are helpful to figure out the best capacity planning for customers. In this blog post I am going to discussing improvements in boundaries and limitations for SharePoint 2016 and there comparison with earlier versions.

From ignite and further updates SharePoint 2016 seems to be a major update which can handle large amount of data. The maximum content database size is still not announced but it will either 1 TB or greater which is atleast 5 times greater than the maximum content DB size of existing SharePoint environments (2010 & 2013) which means content can scale in TBs.

The increase in Content DB size means it will be supporting a larger number of site collections and YES a single content database in SharePoint 2016 can hold 100,000 site collections (it requires a huge round of applause) which is 20 times great then the existing ones.

Below table shows the Limits and boundaries of SharePoint 2016 vs SharePoint 2013 Vs SharePoint 2010:

  SharePoint 2016SharePoint 2013SharePoint 2010
Content Database Size Content database sizing into TB’s200 GB in general usage scenarios. 200 GB in general usage scenarios.
Site Collections per Content Database 100,000 site collections per content database2,000 recommended

5,000 maximum
2,000 recommended
5,000 maximum
List Threshold Increased List Threshold >5,000 5,000 items 5,000 items
Max File Size Max File Size increases to 10GB and removed character restrictionsDefault maximum file size is 250 MB which can increase up to 2GBDefault maximum file size is 250 MB which can increase up to 2GB
Indexed Items 2x increase in Search scale to 500 million items100 million per search service application.

10 million per index partition
100 million per search service application.

10 million per index partition

There is still time in release of SharePoint 2016 and with final release we can have clear picture on boundaries and limitation and how much they have been improved.

Adnan is six time Microsoft MVP (Since 2015) with over 16 years of extensive experience with major expertise on SharePoint, SharePoint based development, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams, .Net Platform and Microsoft BI. He is currently working Sr Microsoft Consultant at Olive + Goose. He is MCT Regional Lead for Pakistan Chapter since 2012. He is working on SharePoint for past 12 years and worked on different intranet/intranet solutions for private & govt. sector majorly in United states and Gulf region and have experience of working with multiple Fortune 500 companies. He is a trainer, technology evangelist and also speaks in community forums.

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