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Dell™ PowerEdge™ R720xd 12,000 Mailbox Resiliency Microsoft Exchange 2013 Storage Solution

Provide a highly resilient Microsoft® Exchange 2013 storage solution for up to 12,000 mailboxes using the validated design described in this study. The solution includes a single Data Availability Group (DAG), and three copies of each database spanning two sites. Dell PowerEdge R720xd servers each attached to two Dell PowerVault MD1200 enclosures are used as the mailbox servers, with Dell PowerVault MD1200 configured as the external storage array that for the Exchange mailbox databases. The tested environment simulates up to 12,000 users with a mailbox profile of 5GB 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.

The PowerVault MD1200 offers seamless expansion for Dell™ PowerEdge servers with the PERC H810 HostRAID adapter and provides expansion storage for Dell Compellent, EqualLogic and PowerVault array series. It gives customers the versatility to expand storage as their business grows. It can easily expand your server capacity with twelve 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SAS HDDs and SAS SSDs in a 2U array and expands up to 8 arrays behind a single PERC H810 Host-RAID adapter.

For more information, see Dell PowerVault MD1200 product page.

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