Exchange Server is a leading enterprise messaging system that delivers email, calendar, voice mail and contacts to users on a variety of devices through the outlook client. Exchange Server provides reliable, scalable enterprise-class email with compliance and e-discovery features integrated with Microsoft SharePoint® and Lync®. Exchange Server supports people and organizations as their work habits evolve from a communication focus to a collaboration focus. The database design in Exchange 2013 reduces the storage I/O requirements, thereby optimizing Exchange for cost-effective, low-speed storage. The Exchange deployment must be appropriately sized not only for specific message profile requirements but also for growth and high availability requirements. The following sections provide a brief overview of Exchange 2013, describe the important considerations when sizing an Exchange deployment and provide the building block architecture that Dell developed for Exchange infrastructure.

The PowerEdge R730xd server offers an excellent balance of an ultra-dense internal storage, redundancy, and value in a compact form factor. It is a highly efficient and cost-effective hardware building block for any mid-size or large business that requires scalability in both memory density and storage capacity. It delivers enormous storage capacity & IOPS performance in a dense 2U form-factor. This enables larger and more efficient databases and mail servers. 

This paper provides a reference implementation for 8,000 mailboxes of 3 GB size on Dell PowerEdge R730xd.

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