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10 Reasons Why Customers Deploy EMC VNX Storage For Virtualized Microsoft Apps

Servers, Storage and Networking | Posted on February 7, 2013

Enterprise applications like SQL, Exchange and SharePoint are used by large organizations everyday. These enterprise platforms can now be virtualized and delivered as centrally managed services or subscriptions (to authorized users) anytime, anywhere. This is great news for smaller organizations because enterprise-quality applications are, for the first time, available at a mid-range price point. The trick? Figuring out an effective way to scale, manage and protect them. One option many organizations are going with is EMC VNX. We’ve put together ten reasons (with case study examples) why EMC VNX storage is a good match to manage, scale, backup and  simplify recoverability of Microsoft applications like SQL, Sharepoint and Exchange.

What’s the big deal about EMC VNX Storage for virtualized Microsoft applications?

Did you know Microsoft is currently using EMC storage for SQL 2012 deployments? EMC is on a mission to help customers unlock the value of data for organizations and use it to move their businesses forward. In this recent EMC video, two EMC VNX experts discuss how the storage price vs. performance equation continues to get better. They note that private cloud and data warehousing SQL servers can now be extended to hybrid or cloud deployments.

Here are TEN reasons customers deploy virtualized Microsoft applications on EMC VNX storage:

  1. Introduce simplicity – Adapt to sudden changes and simplify complex tasks when you opt for automated storage technology.
  2. Guarantee efficiency – Get 20% more efficient out-of-the-box with EMC arrays, guaranteed. For example, Apptix had a 40% reduction in TCO after switching to EMC VNX.
  3. Run faster databases – Run a virtualized SQL database three times faster with EMC’s Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST VP) and FAST Cache solutions.
  4. Run SAN and NAS in one box – Block level and file level storage together in one box. Enough said.
  5. Plug into vCenter™ – API’s allow EMC storage management directly from VMware® vCenter™ for a seamless experience.
  6. Automate storage  Move data to the right disk type,  based on activity levels with EMC’s Full Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) technology (learn more about how this works in our blog post or animated video on FAST VP. Automatic storage tiering can reduce SQL storage costs by 40% and power costs by 45%.
  7. Capacity on demand – Stop over-provisioning with EMC Virtual Provisioning, especially for MS Exchange mailbox databases and MS Sharepoint content databases. For example,  this is how SherWeb allocated 94% less storage to its Exchange mailboxes.
  8. Shrunken backup windows– Shrink backup windows to minutes with EMC Replication Manager. For example, see how New Trier High School reduced Exchange backup.
  9. DVR-style recoveries – Experience DVR-like recovery for applications that provide highly flexible recovery-point objectives.
  10. User controlled support – Connect directly to the online EMC Community Network site using EMC Unisphere, to learn from others, share experience and receive rewards and recognition for your efforts. In interviews with five Microsoft customers, Forrester found that organizations with virtual applications experience an ROI of 316% with a payback period of 12 months after deployment. This makes subscription-based applications essential for lowering desktop and laptop management costs.

How do you make it happen? You need to virtualize first. You can leverage your existing infrastructure with a VSPEX reference architecture so you can choose the hypervisor, server and networking technology you want before you combine it with VNX storage. This way, EMC can validate the interoperability and performance of the stack. If you’re not sure, ask a Softchoice expert  for an VSPEX Virtualization assessment that can:

  • Understand the optimal way to distribute workloads across servers.
  • Get validated hardware platform recommendations.
  • Determine your capacity for growth.
  • Discover more benefits to tiered services and meter your systems effectively.

Click here to view the full assessment PDF. Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below, and we’ll respond as quickly as possible.

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