I’ve written before about Exchange Server implementation guides from hardware vendors. I usually find those guides very useful, as they provide configuration details and tweaking of the storage system in order to provide better performance. Today I found a new one: Deploying Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 on the Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 2500.
“IT administrators need email solutions that provide data protection and simple management in environmentally friendly data centers. Using Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 with SAN storage like the Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 2000 family accomplishes those business-critical objectives. This white paper describes how to implement Exchange Server 2010 with the Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 2000 family, thus leveraging changes in Exchange and the advantages of the 2000 family to lower administration costs, improve system efficiency and enable virtualization.
Exchange Server 2010 can be deployed for many types and numbers of users in a wide variety of infrastructure topologies. By implementing Exchange Server 2010 with the Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 2000 family of storage systems, you can effectively scale an environment from a few thousand users to hundreds of thousands of users. The active-active nature of the 2000 family controllers and the use of Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning software also allow you to combine different workloads in a single storage frame for greater flexibility.
This implementation guide focuses on deploying the Exchange Server 2010 mailbox role and is intended for use by IT administrators responsible for Exchange and storage. It assumes some familiarity with Hitachi Storage Navigator Modular 2 software, Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010. For information about deploying other Exchange server roles, see the Microsoft TechNet library “Exchange Server 2010.”