New Microsoft Exchange 2013 on Virtual SAN 6.1 Reference Architecture

Good post by Rawlinson Rivera (thank you)

A new Microsoft Exchange 2013 on Virtual SAN 6.1 is now available on the VMware Virtual SAN product Resource page.

This new VSAN-Exchreference architecture walks through the validation of Virtual SAN’s ability to support Microsoft Exchange 2013 designed to satisfy high IOPS mailbox configuration with Exchange Database Availability Groups (DAGs). The reference architecture is based on a resilient design that covers VMware vSphere clustering technology and Exchange DAG as well as data protection and recoverability design of Exchange Server 2013 with vSphere Data Protection and vSphere Site Recovery Manager.

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Automating Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Configuration with PowerShell Desired State Configuration

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Next-generation storage for the software-defined datacenter

Post by Siddhartha Roy and Paul Luber (thank you)

Storage is a foundational component of the datacenter fabric and is an intrinsic part of Microsoft’s software-defined datacenter solution.  Our storage investments are centered on bringing value to customers in terms of increasing cloud scale, availability, performance, and reliability, while lowering acquisition and operational costs – with Windows Server, and now also with Microsoft Azure Stack.

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HP StoreOnce SQL Plug-in: Faster, efficient backup for Microsoft SQL Server databases

Post by Ian Blatchford (thank you)

Today’s BURA Sunday blog continues conversations started in recent posts from colleagues in HP Storage that have covered storage infrastructure and protection to optimize Microsoft SQL Server deployments.

Parissa talked about how deploying SQL Server databases on HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 would save you from the tradeoff between database performance and resiliency. All-flash storage means very low latency and Peer Persistence between two distributed 3PAR StoreServ arrays provides resiliency against catastrophic site failure. Ashwin previewed the StoreOnce plug-in that enables DBAs to run direct backups from the SQL Server database to a StoreOnce appliance. He also described some of the benefits of using HP Data Protector for organizations who want to include SQL Server database protection as part of a centralized data protection process.

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Five Reasons to run MS-SQL on All-Flash

Post by George Crump (thank you)

Applications are often the key service that data centers provide to their organizations. The speed at which these applications can respond to the user’s requests is often THE measurement of how IT is perceived by the organization. As a result IT departments spend a lot of time and resources making sure the database application is running at peak performance at all times.

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Microsoft Sheds Light on Azure’s Storage Growing Pains

Post by David Davis (thank you)

Microsoft, like other cloud providers before it, has faced some growing pains on its Azure platform.  On November 19, Azure customers began experiencing performance and availability issues on the platform.  Virtual machines, websites, and Visual Studio Online were among the impacted services.

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Failover Clustering in Windows Server Technical Preview

Post by Aidan Finn (thank you)

Microsoft announced a few features with the launch of the Technical Preview of the next release of Windows Server, due for general availability release in the second half of 2015. More information was released at TechEd Europe 2014 in early November. Failover Clustering is continuing to improve software-defined compute (AKA virtualization or Hyper-V) and software-defined storage solutions. This article will discuss the known new features in Windows Server Technical Preview.

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Microsoft’s Scale-Out File Server Overcomes SAN Cloud Barriers

Good post by Paul Schnackenburg (thank you)

There are no SANs in the cloud because the venerable storage technology just doesn’t scale to that level. But there are ways around it, and Microsoft shops should start with the company’s Scale-Out File Server.

There’s a revolution going on in storage. Once the domain of boring but dependable storage-area network (SAN) arrays, there’s now a plethora of choice, including all flash storage (with varying different underlying technology) and server-message block (SMB)-based storage.

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A Fairy Tale of Two Storage Protocols

Post by Stephen Foskett (thank you)

Once upon a time, a happy little storage protocol was born. She was loved by her father, Microsoft, and he asked her to work throughout their small kingdom, delivering packages from the castle to clients all around. Sometimes she would be given other odd jobs, like authenticating a visitor, but mostly she delivered files in the kingdom of LAN.

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VMware Virtual SAN: Performance with Microsoft Exchange Server

Post by Rawlinson Rivera (thank you)

As we continue to showcase the value and capabilities of Virtual SAN, I believe it is crucial to provide access to the information VMware’s performance engineering team has gathered around business critical applications and their respective performance benchmarks.

This white paper focuses on Microsoft Exchange Server performance on VMware Virtual SAN. Microsoft Exchange Server is a commonly found email server and is considered a business-critical application by many organizations.

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