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10 July, 2007

VMware Release Exchange 2003 Performance Whitepaper

On Vmware site has been published a 19 pages whitepaper that explain how Exchange 2003 perform and scale when installed on virtual machines.

Abstract from the introduction of the whitepaper
Virtualization has become a mainstream technology, allowing enterprises to
consolidate underutilized servers
while helping to increase reliability and
fault tolerance and simplify load balancing. As organizations
embrace
virtualization in the data center, many may consider virtualizing
Microsoft Exchange software. This paper
suggests how an enterprise-critical
messaging application like Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 should be
sized and
deployed on VMware® ESX Server to obtain a satisfactory Quality of Service.
Specifically, we
examine:
􀂄 The performance implications of running
Exchange Server 2003 on a virtual machine versus a physical
system.
􀂄 The
performance of Exchange Server 2003 in virtual machine configurations when
“scaling-up” (adding
more processors to a machine) and “scaling-out” (adding
more machines).
This paper discusses the performance and scalability of
Exchange Server 2003 when it is deployed within
virtual machines hosted by
VMware ESX Server 3.0.1 on a Dell® PowerEdge® 6850 server with a
Dell-EMC
CX500 FC SAN. The Heavy user profile from Microsoft’s Exchange
Server 2003 Load Simulator benchmarking
tool was used to simulate the
Exchange workload.


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