Below is our one of internet facing SharePoint portal on 2010.

These are search statistics per day

Total Number of Search Queries : 1928

Total Number of Daily Unique Visitors: 758

No of page views per daily : 3334

Now I have plan to upgrade to 2013 and need to design the search topology.

With above statistics in mind, which SharePoint search topology should we go for?

Should I go with

  1. Small search farm

  2. Medium search farm

  3. Large search farm

Our SP 2010 farm has

  • 2 WFE servers
  • 2 Application servers

So how should I design the new SP 2013 server topology including search topology?

Also, how can we calculate searchable items per day and second consider to above statistics ?

  • 1
    As @WaqasSarwar said below, check the number of search items you have in your Search Service Application May 14, 2015 at 15:12
  • Hi How to check the Number of search items in search index?
    – adilahmed
    May 15, 2015 at 20:35
  • Go to Central Admin --> Application Management --> Manage Service Applications --> Select your search service application. On this page, in System Status, the number of searchable items will be what you are looking for. May 15, 2015 at 20:48
  • i found that number of searchable items are 2000 , what this number in search service application , could you explain it.
    – adilahmed
    May 16, 2015 at 0:55
  • That is the number of items that Waqar mentioned in the post below, you are safely in a small farm configuration May 16, 2015 at 16:36

1 Answer 1


SharePoint search design / topology basically depend upon the number of item in the search index. as per the MSFT recommendation.

  • Small Search Farm for upto 10M items
  • Medium Search farm for upto 40M items
  • Large Search farm for 100M.

check this:

Plan enterprise search architecture in SharePoint Server 2013

Enterprise search architectures for SharePoint Server 2013

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