This post will outline recommendations for configuring, validating, and monitoring your Exchange storage solution.
There are four key objectives to this blog.
- Understand what information you need to correctly design a storage solution for Exchange 2007.
- Apply hardware and technology to these storage designs.
- Validate the storage design.
- Monitor the storage design.
Capacity and performance are often at odds with each other when it comes to physical disks, and both must be considered before making a purchasing decision. The first concern is whether there will be enough space to store all of the data. The second concern is that the transactional I/O must be measured or predicted to ensure that the solution also meets the performance requirements for acceptable disk latency and a responsive end user experience. The third concern, is to ensure that the non transactional I/O has both enough time to complete, and enough disk performance and throughput to meet the required service level agreement (SLA). The Holy Grail is to take these three parts and find a balance in the design of the actual hardware to meet all four objectives.
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