Microsoft Exchange

SANsymphony-V for Microsoft Exchange Server

Modern organizations rely on email as a mission-critical communication platform that serves every employee in the corporation. With high volumes of email transactions, large amounts of attachment data, combined with the expected 100% uptime and availability, special demands are put on the underlying storage architecture.

DataCore SANsymphony-V works with Microsoft® Exchange Server to meet these exceptional demands while simplifying the storage architecture and augmenting the mail servers’ resiliency and disaster recovery capabilities.

By deploying DataCore SANsymphony-V as the storage backend to Microsoft Exchange Server a number of capabilities are put to use:

Benefits of DataCore and Microsoft Exchange Server

DataCore’s intelligent storage hypervisor software brings a number of benefits to Microsoft Exchange Server that serve to increase performance, lower cost and to simplify the storage architecture.

Key benefits include:

  • Increased performance – whether direct attached or offloaded in a SAN, the hypervisor utilizes advanced caching to provide highest possible storage throughput.
  • Lower storage costs – storage auto-tiering enables the combination of high performance flash and SSD to work seamlessly with large capacity, low cost storage, achieving the same or better performance. 
  • Simplified storage architecture — the design of the storage architecture I/O and capacity requirements is reduced; since the storage hypervisor monitors I/O requirements in real time and takes appropriate action, the architecture is less prone to bottlenecks and is not as sensitive to miscalculations or changing requirements under production load.
  • Enhanced mailbox resiliency — whether the Exchange installation uses standalone mailbox servers or mailbox servers configured for mailbox resiliency, DataCore SANsymphony-V works seamlessly in the background to provide high-availability of the storage backend.
  • Migration and legacy support – add storage resiliency, high availability and disaster recovery to legacy installations (Exchange 2000 Server, Exchange Server 2003, and Exchange Server 2007), removing storage as a single point of failure. Also provide a unified storage management platform that eases migration to Exchange Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2013.
  • Shared resource architecture — virtualized storage allows for standardized approaches that ease the burden of planning and managing the Exchange Server storage infrastructure separately. 
  • Automate common, time-consuming Exchange tasks such as volume provisioning and recovery with PowerShell scripting
SQL Benefits

Compelling Performance for Exchange

Microsoft Exchange and SQL database workloads show nearly a 5x improvement. The physical server with internal disks was able to support 322 heavy users, while the DataCore virtualized system showed the ability to support more than 1,500 users. ssv-exchange-table

DataCore and Microsoft Exchange Server Case Studies

Total Wine & More

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"The performance issues associated with having 1,000 users hit a database as opposed to 200 are significantly different" explains Todd Slan, director of technology, Total Wine. We had to have a solution that enabled us to crank up the performance of those databases. DataCore virtualization has delivered for us on the performance front as well."

Ports of Auckland

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“We’ve been able to support far more virtual machines and far more I/O requests than the IT team had originally expected” - Craig Beetlestone, lead systems engineer at Ports of Auckland. The company’s Microsoft Exchange email system is mission-critical, it carries the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) communications, instructions from shipping lines and other customers, and other time-sensitive information required for port operations. Ports of Auckland, New Zealand’s leading port and cargo logistics company is also a heavy user of Microsoft SQL Analysis Services and SQL Reporting Services for business analysis and Microsoft SharePoint for collaboration.

SANsymphony-V and Microsoft Exchange Server Resources

ESG Lab Validation Report: SANsymphony-V
This ESG Lab Validation documents the results of hands on testing of DataCore SANsymphony-V R8 Storage Virtualization Software. The goal was assessing the value of infrastructure-wide storage virtualization including centralized management, ease of use, capacity efficiency, data mobility, and performance.

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