This technical white paper discusses Dell EMC’s solution for 10,000 Exchange mailboxes with 35GB mailbox size supporting up to 150 messages per day in a four-copy DAG. The solution uses the Dell EMC PowerEdge R730xd server for the Exchange mailbox server role and uses the internal storage of PowerEdge R730xd server along with the direct-attached storage of the Dell EMC Storage MD1400 for storing the Exchange mailbox databases and transaction logs.

Dell EMC PowerEdge R730xd is a 2-socket, 2U, rack server with a highly expandable memory, dense storage capacity and impressive I/O capabilities. The PowerEdge R730xd server can readily handle data-intensive applications that require large storage capacity and I/O performance, such as email. It delivers the performance and availability required for mission-critical email and is a great hardware building block for midsize or large businesses.

The internal RAID controller enables a range of RAID levels for improved storage reliability, while the optional CacheCade feature caches the most frequently accessed data, thus boosting database performance. Following are the major features of the server or storage system:

  • Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family
  • Dual processor sockets
  • With 24 slots, up to 768GB of Memory for RDIMMS and 1536GB for LRDIMMs
  • Up to 128TB Maximum Raw Internal Storage
  • Choice of chassis configuration with sixteen 3.5-inch LFF disk drives, twenty-four 2.5-inch SFF disk drives, or eighteen 1.8-inch disk drives along with eight 3.5-inch LFF disk drives
  • Front loading drive bays plus two 2.5-inch SFF back-accessible drives
  • Integrated RAID support through PERC H330, PERC H730, PERC H730P & External RAID support through PERC H830
  • Six PCIe 3.0 expansion slots
  • Choice of NIC technologies
  • Dell EMC OpenManage portfolio of systems management solutions, including:
  • OpenManage Essentials console
  • iDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller

The PowerEdge R730xd chassis configured with the 3.5-inch large form factor drives is used as part of this solution. For more information, see Dell EMC PowerEdge R730xd Server product page.

The Dell Storage MD1400 direct-attached storage (DAS) enclosure with 12 Gb SAS throughput has been specifically engineered to work with the 13th generation of PowerEdge servers using the PowerEdge RAID Controller 9 (PERC9) 12 Gb SAS cards. Scaling capacity behind innovative next-generation servers enables end-to-end 12 Gb solutions with exceptional storage flexibility and IO performance for such applications as High-performance databases, Streaming digital media and Storage-intensive applications.

The Dell Storage MD1400 LFF drive enclosures are used as a part of this solution. For more information, see Dell Storage MD1400 product page.