Provide a highly resilient Microsoft® Exchange 2013 storage solution for up to 6,000 mailboxes using the validated design described in this study. In this solution, Dell PowerEdge R720xd with 3.5-inch drives is configured for the Mailbox Server Role. Each Dell PowerEdge R720xd hosts one active copy of an Exchange 2013 database and transaction logs and one passive copy of the peer node’s active databases at the local site. Secondary passive copies of databases for the local site are hosted at the remote site. The tested environment simulates up to 6,000 users with a mailbox profile of 3GB and 150 messages per day, or 0.121 IOPS for every user, including 20 percent headroom.

Dell PowerEdge R720xd is a 2-socket CPU, 2U, multi-purpose server, offering an excellent balance of an ultra-dense internal storage, redundancy and value in a compact form factor. It is a most suitable building block for any mid-size or large business. It delivers enormous storage capacity and IOPS performance in a dense 2U form-factor, enabling larger and more efficient databases and mail servers. Major features of the server/storage system include:

  • Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 and E5-2600 v2 product family
  • Dual processor sockets
  • Up to 768 GB of Memory with 24 DIMMs
  • Up to 48TB Maximum Raw Internal Storage
  • Choice of chassis configuration with 12 (3.5-inch LFF disk drives) or 24 (2.5-inch SFF disk drives) front loading drive bays plus two 2.5-inch SFF back-accessible drives
  • Integrated RAID support via PERC H310, PERC H710, PERC H710P & External JBOD RAID support via PERC H810
  • Six PCIe 3.0 expansion slots
  • Choice of NIC technologies
  • Dell OpenManage™ Essentials and Dell Management Console, Dell OpenManage Power Center & Dell OpenManage Connections.

For more information, see Dell PowerEdge R720xd Server product page.

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