I am working on a new SPS 2010 installation for a client that will be used to replace their intranet. As it stands, the current intranet contains around 1000 documents that are saved amongst various network drives. Part of the client's requirement for the new site is that they want all of these documents in one list so that they can update the metadata and view the site contents from one central location. The issue that I am running into now is that displaying all of these documents as one list causes document list page to slow way down which makes the editing of the document meta data a slow process.
My questions is if there is anything that can be done from either the server, the list, or on the client's computer to try and speed up the performance of the document list page without having to use directories. The installation is running on one server that contains both SPS2010 and SQL2008.