Blog author: Chuck Armstrong, Dell EMC Storage Engineering

 

Dell EMC has just released a new Dell EMC Unity All-Flash portfolio: the 350F, 450F, 550F, and 650F.

These new all-flash arrays are based on the latest Intel® Broadwell chip. Additionally, they are loaded up with twice the memory and up to 40 percent more processor cores than previous Dell EMC Unity models. What does all of this mean for customers? Finally, a midrange all-flash storage platform built to get the most out of virtualized and mixed workloads.

Let’s talk about workloads:

If you plan on deploying Microsoft® SQL Server®, Exchange Server, Hyper-V®, or VMware vSphere® with one of the new Dell EMC Unity All-Flash array models, keep reading to find a trove of information.

Microsoft SQL Server

There are several performance considerations that need to be understood when implementing Microsoft SQL Server on Dell EMC Unity All-Flash arrays to provide a highly efficient environment for the users. These considerations fall to the categories of database types, operating system settings and configuration, and the storage design (layout for the database). All of this, and more is found in the Dell EMC Unity Storage with Microsoft SQL Server best practices paper.

Microsoft Exchange

Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server in Dell EMC Unity All-Flash arrays has its own set of considerations to maximize performance. One of these considerations is the version of MS Exchange being deployed, as different versions have differing performance characteristics. Another is the design and layout of the database and log locations. These considerations and many more are to be found in the Dell EMC Unity Storage with Microsoft Exchange Server best practices paper.

 Microsoft Hyper-V

If your environment utilizes Microsoft Hyper-V, the Dell EMC Unity Storage with Microsoft Hyper-V paper provides important best practices. Some of the many points of interest provided include guest virtual machine storage recommendations, virtual machine placement recommendations, and thin provisioning best practices.

 VMware vSphere

For those environments where VMware vSphere is the hypervisor, and deploying a new Dell EMC Unity All-Flash arrays is on the horizon, the Dell EMC Unity Storage with VMware vSphere best practices paper provides vital information to get the job done. Some items of interest found in this paper are: getting the most out of multipathing, configuring datastores (Fibre Channel, iSCSI, NFS, and VVol), and determining where to thin provision: within vSphere, within the storage, or both.

  

 


All of the best practices papers mentioned also provide information about several of the features available on the Dell EMC Unity All-Flash arrays. Additional information on features, and for a more general best practices guide, please check out the Dell EMC Unity Best Practices Guide.