This solution brief describes a tested configuration for deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Enterprise Edition (Exchange) in a 7,500 user mailbox resiliency environment. The performance results and best practices outlined in this document provide tested guidelines for configuring Exchange using the HP StorageWorks MDS600 storage solution attached to HP ProLiant DL380 G6 servers with HP Smart Array P411 storage controllers.
The MDS600 is part of an in-rack 3 Gb/s SAS (serial attached SCSI) implementation that delivers high-density, low-cost external direct attach storage for HP BladeSystem and ProLiant servers. The storage is configured with easy to use management software. End-to-end high speed SAS connectivity enables a high performance storage solution. Each MDS600 supports up to 70 large form factor (LFF) Enterprise (ENT) SAS, Midline (MDL) SAS, or Midline (MDL) SATA disk drives.