Best Practices for Deploying Exchange in the Data Center

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Learn best practices for deploying Exchange on Microsoft® Private Cloud to meet the unique needs of your organization while providing the flexibility to scale out as your organizational needs grow. The private cloud model provides much of the efficiency and agility of cloud computing along with the increased control and customization achieved through dedicated private resources.

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Best Practices for Deploying Exchange in the Data Center

  1. 1. Best Practices for Deploying Microsoft® Exchange in the Data Center Shobhana Viswanathan Ralph Lobato January 29, 2014 twitter hashtag: #hdswebtech
  2. 2. WebTech Educational Series Best Practices for Deploying Exchange in the Data Center Join us for a live webcast and learn best practices for deploying Microsoft® Exchange on Microsoft Private Cloud to meet the unique needs of your organization while providing the flexibility to scale out as your organizational needs grow. The private cloud model provides much of the efficiency and agility of cloud computing along with the increased control and customization achieved through dedicated private resources Specifically, you will learn how to • Leverage next-generation Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform to achieve superior performance and scalability • Simplify Exchange deployments on Microsoft Private Cloud • Use Microsoft Private Cloud infrastructure to lower cost of ownership Tweet at #hdswebtech
  3. 3. Hitachi Solutions for Microsoft Exchange  Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) overview ‒ Dynamic and efficient solution to meet the changing workloads for enterprise deployments of Microsoft Exchange Server. ‒ Provides both physical and virtual configurations to host Exchange environments ‒ Provides flexible storage by allowing the use of 60% to 90% of the storage ‒ Provides a flexible compute environment by dynamically adjusting resources and lowering licensing requirements ‒ Reduces operating costs by providing a dynamically adjusting infrastructure to manage performance Tweet at #hdswebtech
  4. 4. Reduced Exchange Management Cost Requires Infrastructure Transformation Customer Spending (US$B) $250 $200 Operations and Admin Cost Make Up ~80% of budgets $150 $100 $50 $0 ’96 ’97 ’98 ’99 ’00 ’01 ’02 ’03 ’04 ’05 ’06 ’07 ’08 ’09 ’10 ’11 ’12 ‘13 Server Spending Tweet at #hdswebtech Management Cost Power & Cooling Source: IDC
  5. 5. What Happens When a JBOD Drive Fails? 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) Drive begins to fail Errors are generated User experience preserved IT investigates Problem determined Uninvolved teams disengage Change control and team coordination active 8) Hardware replaced 9) Hardware installed in Microsoft Windows 10) Database created 11) Reseed completed 12) Resolution completed, normal operations resume Tweet at #hdswebtech
  6. 6. What Happens When a Drive Fails on UCP? 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) Drive begins to fail 90% predicted, always protected IT and Hitachi Data Systems are notified by array No collateral impact Drive is repaired by Hitachi Data Systems IT notified Resolution completed, normal operations resume Tweet at #hdswebtech
  7. 7. UCP for Microsoft Exchange Options OFFERING CUSTOMER CHOICE  On physical server ‒ Deploy highly dense scalable solution for 5,000+ users per blade.  Virtual (VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V®) ‒ Leverage virtualization with Exchange environment and other Microsoft applications Tweet at #hdswebtech
  8. 8. Benefits of Physical Exchange Servers HITACHI UNIFIED COMPUTE PLATFORM  Reduces Microsoft licensing requirements  Leverage latest Intel CPU performance to improve Exchange indexing and database operations  Dedicated workload is not affected by other applications  Ability to scale more storage LUNs than a VM  Leverage enterprise storage array for Exchange databases Tweet at #hdswebtech
  9. 9. Benefits of Virtual Exchange Servers HITACHI UNIFIED COMPUTE PLATFORM  Reduces Microsoft licensing requirements  Leverage latest Intel CPU performance to improve Exchange indexing and database operations  Share workload with other application and maximize the return on investment  Leverages virtualization enhancements to improve network availability on Exchange servers Tweet at #hdswebtech
  10. 10. UCP for Microsoft Exchange HITACHI UNIFIED COMPUTE PLATFORM  Provides pre-design solution for the customers.  Help lower operational cost (opex) by simplifying Exchange infrastructure  Helps meet growing demands of your Exchange environments  Reduces architecture changes when environment grows  Application optimized for performance, scale and availability Tweet at #hdswebtech
  11. 11. UCP Storage Solutions for Exchange Servers with Embedded JBOD • • • Commodity hardware Requires many instances Difficult to maintain JBOD Hitachi UCP solutions • • • Reduce cost Ensure system availability Offer widest choice Dedicated Storage Storage Area Network 40–60% Utilization Embedded Disks 20–40% Utilization JBOD (RAID-less) Larger Mailboxes Lower-Cost Disks Scale-Up Scale-Out Tweet at #hdswebtech 60–90% Utilization
  12. 12. UCP Addresses Storage Workload Changes for Exchange Day 1: Solution is operating with out a problem Day 365: Solution requirements changed Waste Failure Sprawl Non-Scalable Solution Tweet at #hdswebtech New Exchange Server Deployment to Handle Additional User Workload Higher IOPS or Storage Use Lower IOPS or Storage Use Waste IOPS or Storage Use No Problems UCP Solution
  13. 13. UCP Addresses Compute Workload Changes for Exchange EXCHANGE WORKLOAD CHANGES BY 10–50% CPU workload changes • UCP can add CPU to Exchange RAM workload changes • UCP can add RAM to Exchange Network workload changes • UCP can add network bandwidth to Exchange Tweet at #hdswebtech
  14. 14. UCP for Microsoft Applications GROW AS YOU NEED RESOURCES System Center Hyper-V HCP Microsoft SharePoint® Exchange Exchange Tweet at #hdswebtech VMware SQL
  15. 15. Where Do I Go for Help?  Contact your local Hitachi Data Systems representative ‒ http://www.hds.com/contact-sales/?WT.ac=us_inside_rm_cons  Resources on HDS.com ‒ http://www.hds.com/assets/pdf/hitachi-ucp-select-for-microsoft-private-cloud.pdf ‒ http://www.hds.com/assets/pdf/microsoft-hyper-v-cloud-fast-track-reference-architecture-onhitachi-vsp.pdf  Hitachi ESRP listings ‒ http://www.hds.com/solutions/applications/microsoft/ (click on resources tab) ‒ Hitachi Unified Storage VM Dynamically Provisioned 120,000 Mailbox Exchange 2013 Mailbox Resiliency Storage Solution ‒ Hitachi Unified Storage VM Dynamically Provisioned 24,000 Mailbox Exchange 2013 Mailbox Resiliency Storage Solution ‒ Hitachi Unified Storage VM Dynamically Provisioned 43,200 Mailbox Exchange 2013 Mailbox Resiliency Storage Solution Tweet at #hdswebtech
  16. 16. Questions and Discussion
  17. 17. Upcoming WebTechs  WebTechs  A Perfect Fit: Converged Solution for the Software-Defined Data Center, February 26, 9 a.m. PT, noon ET  On-ramps and Objects: Superior File Services for Distributed IT, March 12, 9 a.m. PT, noon ET  Check www.hds.com/webtech for  Links to the recording, the presentation, and Q&A (available next week)  Schedule and registration for upcoming WebTech sessions  Questions will be posted in the HDS community at http://community.hds.com/groups/webtech Tweet at #hdswebtech
  18. 18. Thank You

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