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.

A deployment guide for implementing this Exchange 2013 reference architecture is available at

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 10,000 mailboxes of 5 GB size on Dell PowerEdge R730xd.

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