Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, and SharePoint Server Mixed Workload on VMware VSphere 4, NetApp Unified Storage (FC, ISCSI, and NFS), and Cisco Nexus Unified Fabric

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Executive Summary

This paper provides guidance on how to design and architect a scalable Microsoft applications mixed workload solution on highly available VMware vSphere 4 virtual infrastructure and NetApp unified storage. It highlights the flexibility of leveraging either a Fibre Channel (FC) protocol-based storage solutions or IP-based solutions (that is, iSCSI and NFS) for hosting virtual machines. It also describes the NetApp backup and recovery solution for the Microsoft applications. All the FC, iSCSI, and NFS-based solutions are applicable for all enterprise types (large, midsize, and SMB) and can be scaled up or down based on business requirements.

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