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Demartek Evaluation - Microsoft Exchange for the Small-to-Medium Business on HPE MSA 2040

February 2016

Email is one of the critical applications many businesses rely on. In addition to facilitating intra-company communications, many small to medium businesses rely on email as a method of communicating directly with customers, be it primary contact, confirmation of orders, support requests, or for other customer service functions. Adding the inevitable personal use and an irritatingly massive spam load, email systems can see a lot of use. It’s vital for business continuity to know that corporate email remains operational and efficient 7x24.

The HPE MSA 2040 is positioned in the market as a high performance hybrid storage system. Upgradeable with a customer configurable number of solid state drives (SSD), a base-model all hard disk drive (HDD) array can be enhanced to provide SSD read caching or an SSD performance tier to accelerate array performance. HPE commissioned Demartek to evaluate the MSA 2040 storage array as backend storage for Microsoft Exchange Server, configured as might be deployed by a typical small or medium sized business.

We ran Microsoft Exchange Jetstress 2013 on an all-HDD array as a baseline and again with SSD read caching and performance tier upgrades to simulate the Microsoft Exchange I/O load and database I/O patterns. We considered the Jetstress output reports along with Windows Perform data to evaluate the suitability of the MSA 2040 in these three configurations for this purpose.

Evaluation Series: HPE MSA 2040 Flash Upgrades

Recently Demartek evaluated the HPE MSA 2040 with Flash Upgrades for different types of workloads. The workloads tested and their results are available at these links:

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