2 Functional Architecture

Windows SharePoint Services provides team-oriented collaboration websites , a platform for building web-based applications that use the Windows SharePoint Services collaboration features, and a framework for deploying and managing these sites and applications.

This section describes the architecture for delivering and supporting the framework in terms of computers, databases, external services, and protocols, and the architecture for supporting the collaboration features in terms of storage concepts within the framework.

A detailed discussion of security concepts is provided in section 2.9.