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February 2011, Vol. 8

Accepting Exchange 2010 storage redesigns

Over the past decade, storage area network (SAN) products with Fibre Channel switches and cabling have had network administrators drooling. But times are changing. A new, more cost-conscious economy has Exchange Server admins looking at cheaper disk options that can still maintain performance. This shift means that IT teams must be re-educated on which applications are supported, what kind of performance to expect and which best practices should be put in place. Supported storage architectures First and foremost, Exchange Server 2010 doesn’t support the network-area storage (NAS); however, the server does support Fibre Channel (FC) SANs and iSCSI SANs, as well as direct-attached storage (DAS) using SAS or SATA-class disks. And although Exchange 2010 supports the more expensive storage options, it was designed specifically to work with lower cost RAID and RAID-less JBODs. Obviously, each enterprise has its own needs, but the Microsoft Exchange team notes that all organizations have “the ability to deploy large mailboxes at low ...

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