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IBM Flex System: A Solid Foundation for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

IBM Flex System: A Solid Foundation for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

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Learn about IBM Flex System: A Solid Foundation for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. IBM builds, tests, and publishes reference configurations and performance metrics to provide clients with guidelines for sizing their Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 environments. This document highlights the IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node and IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node and how they can be used as the foundation for your Exchange 2010 infrastructure. For more information on Pure Systems, visit http://ibm.co/J7Zb1v.


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Learn about IBM Flex System: A Solid Foundation for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. IBM builds, tests, and publishes reference configurations and performance metrics to provide clients with guidelines for sizing their Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 environments. This document highlights the IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node and IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node and how they can be used as the foundation for your Exchange 2010 infrastructure. For more information on Pure Systems, visit http://ibm.co/J7Zb1v.


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IBM Flex System: A SolidFoundation for MicrosoftExchange Server 2010
 Performance metrics and reference architecture for 30,000 Exchange users on IBM Flex System
 
Systems and Technology Group
April 2013
 
Technical Whitepaper 
Page | 2
© Copyright IBM Corporation 2013
 
Contents
2
Overview
2
Introduction
5
Test Configuration
8
Solution Validation Methodology
11
Validation Results
13
Reference Architecture
Overview
IBM® builds, tests, and publishes reference configurations and performance metrics to provide clients with guidelines for sizingtheir Microsoft ® Exchange Server 2010 environments. Thisdocument highlights the IBM Flex
System™ x240 Compute
 Node and IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node and how theycan be used as the foundation for your Exchange 2010infrastructure.To demonstrate the performance of the x240 Compute Node andFlex V7000 Storage Node, 9,000 mail users are hosted on thex240 with the mailbox databases residing on the Flex V7000.Multiple tests are run to validate both the storage and server running at that workload. The performance metrics are then usedto design a highly available reference architecture for a fictitiousorganization with 30,000 employees.IBM has tested and is releasing this configuration, which is builtusing these key components:
 
IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
 
IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node
 
Microsoft Windows® Server 2008 R2 SP1
 
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1
Introduction
This document provides performance characteristics andreference architecture for an Exchange 2010 mail environmenthosted on an IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node and IBMFlex System V7000 Storage Node.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
Exchange Server 2010 software gives you the Flexibility totailor your deployment to your unique needs and provides asimplified way to help keep e-mail continuously available for your users.This Flexibility and simplified availability comes frominnovations in the core platform on which Exchange is built.These innovations deliver numerous advances in performance,scalability, and improved reliability, while lowering the totalcost of ownership when compared to an Exchange Server 2007environment.A new, unified approach to high availability and disaster recovery helps achieve improved levels of reliability by reducingthe complexity and cost of delivering business continuity. Withnew features, such as Database Availability Groups and onlinemailbox moves, you can more easily and confidently implementmailbox resiliency with database-level replication and failover,all with familiar Exchange management tools.Administrative advances in Exchange Server 2010 can help yousave time and lower operational costs by reducing the burden onyour IT staff. A new role-based security model, self-servicecapabilities, and the Web-based Exchange Control Panel allowyou to delegate common or specialized tasks to your userswithout giving them full administrative rights or increasing help-desk call volume.
For more information
For more information about Microsoft Exchange Server 2010,visit the following URL:
IBM PureFlex System
To meet today’s complex and ever 
-changing business demands,you need a solid foundation of server, storage, networking, andsoftware resources. Furthermore, it needs to be simple to deploy,and able to quickly and automatically adapt to changingconditions. You also need access to, and the ability to takeadvantage of, broad expertise and proven guidelines in systemsmanagement, applications, hardware maintenance and more.IBM PureFlex System is a comprehensive infrastructure systemthat provides an expert integrated computing system. Itcombines servers, enterprise storage, networking, virtualization,and management into a single structure. Its built-in expertiseenables organizations to manage and deploy integrated patternsof virtual and hardware resources through unified management.These systems are ideally suited for customers who want asystem that delivers the simplicity of an integrated solutionwhile still able to tune middleware and the runtime environment.IBM PureFlex System uses workload placement based on virtualmachine compatibility and resource availability. Using built-invirtualization across servers, storage, and networking, theinfrastructure system enables automated scaling of resources andtrue workload mobility.IBM PureFlex System has undergone significant testing andvalidation so that it can mitigate IT complexity withoutcompromising the Flexibility to tune systems to the tasks
 
Systems and Technology Group
April 2013
 
Technical Whitepaper 
Page | 3
© Copyright IBM Corporation 2013
 
 businesses demand. By providing both Flexibility andsimplicity, IBM PureFlex System can provide extraordinarylevels of IT control, efficiency, and operating agility. Thiscombination enables businesses to rapidly deploy IT services ata reduced cost. Moreover, the system is built on decades of expertise. This expertise enables deep integration and centralmanagement of the comprehensive, open-choice infrastructuresystem. It also dramatically cuts down on the skills and trainingrequired for managing and deploying the system. Thestreamlined management console makes it easy to use and provides a single point of control to manage your physical andvirtual resources for a vastly simplified management experience.IBM PureFlex System combines advanced IBM hardware andsoftware along with patterns of expertise. It integrates them intothree optimized configurations that are simple to acquire anddeploy so you get fast time to value.IBM PureFlex System has the following configurations:
 
IBM PureFlex System Express, which is designed for smalland medium businesses and is the most affordable entry point for PureFlex System.
 
IBM PureFlex System Standard, which is optimized for application servers with supporting storage and networking,and is designed to support your key ISV solutions.
 
IBM PureFlex System Enterprise, which is optimized for transactional and database systems. It has built-inredundancy for highly reliable and resilient operation tosupport your most critical workloads.
 Figure 1:
Front and rear view of the IBM PureFlex System EnterpriseChassis
 
IBM offers the easy-to-manage PureFlex System with the IBMFlex System V7000 storage node to tackle the most complexenvironments.
IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node is an integrated piece of the PureFlex System and is designed to be easy to use andenable rapid deployment. The Flex V7000 storage node supportsextraordinary performance and Flexibility through built-in solidstate drive (SSD) optimization and thin provisioningtechnologies. With non-disruptive migration of data fromexisting storage, you also get simplified implementation,minimizing disruption to users. In addition, advanced storagefeatures like automated tiering, storage virtualization, clustering,replication and multi-protocol support are designed to help youimprove the efficiency of your storage. As part of your Flex or PureFlex System, Flex V7000 can become part of your highlyefficient, highly capable, next-generation informationinfrastructure.
Highlights
 
A single user interface to manage and virtualize internal andthird-party storage that can improve storage utilization
 
Built-in tiering and advanced replication functions aredesigned to improve performance and availability withoutconstant administration
 
Single user interface simplifies storage administration toallow your experts to focus on innovation

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