Sizing and Best Practices for Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 on VMware vSphere and Dell EqualLogic Storage

Dell recently released a whitepaper on running Exchange 2010  on vSphere and Dell EqualLogic storage.

The goal of this paper is to present the results of a series of Exchange 2010 storage I/O performance
tests conducted by Dell Labs, and provide storage sizing guidance and best practices based on those
results for designing and running Microsoft® Exchange 2010 hosted by VMware vSphere 4.1 running on
Dell PowerEdge blade servers and Dell™ EqualLogic™ SAN. This paper also provides generalized
storage sizing formulas for planning storage requirements, and an example reference configuration for
supporting a 5000 user Exchange environment.
Audience
This paper is intended for Solution Architects, Storage Network Engineers, System Administrators and IT
Managers who need to understand how to design, properly size and deploy Microsoft® Exchange Server
2010 running on the VMware vSphere virtualization platform and Dell EqualLogic storage. It is expected
that the reader has working knowledge of Microsoft® Exchange deployment and operation, VMware
system administration and EqualLogic based iSCSI SAN operation.

Download the whitepaper Sizing and Best Practices for Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 on VMware vSphere and Dell EqualLogic Storage

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About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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