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Lab Validation: EMC Symmetrix VMAX and Microsoft Server Virtualization Scalability

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EMC Symmetrix VMAX and Microsoft Server Virtualization

This report documents testing of an EMC VMAX storage and Microsoft server virtualization solution that’s designed to overcome the scalability, performance, and ease of deployment challenges associated with large-scale virtual server deployment. As shown in Figure 2, the solution is comprised of a cluster of industry-standard servers running Hyper-V R2 server virtualization software and a SAN-connected EMC Symmetrix VMAX Series disk array. Microsoft- enabled servers and EMC-enabled storage resources can be added to the solution to increase the number of virtual machines running on a consolidated virtual infrastructure.

Figure 2. Enterprise-class Virtual Machine Scalability with EMC VMAX and Microsoft Server Virtualization

The EMC VMAX series is the latest generation of the Symmetrix enterprise-class storage product line that’s ideally suited for the large virtual data center. Enginuity is the software at the core of the VMAX solution that controls and enables advanced features like seamless scale-out, easy provisioning, rapid cloning, and right-sized storage tiering. The EMC VMAX can scale to meet a wide variety of storage needs ranging from a small virtual server deployment to enterprise-class implementations of thousands of virtual machines requiring petabytes of capacity.

Hyper-V R2 is a bare metal hypervisor that enables the hosting of multiple virtual machines on the same physical server. The supported virtual machines can be a mix of almost all Microsoft (server and desktop) platforms in addition to a couple different Linux platforms. Hyper-V R2 is available in the Windows 2008 Server R2 operating system as well as Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. With affordable licensing models, a familiar Microsoft look and feel, and a hypervisor-agnostic suite of management tools that works with physical and virtual servers (VMware included), Microsoft lets companies take advantage of existing skill sets, training programs, and certifications.

A number of enterprise-class features found in EMC VMAX storage and Microsoft virtual server technologies make this solution possible. For example, this report illustrates how EMC TimeFinder clones and Auto-provisioning Groups, combined with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) templates, can be used to automate the rapid deployment of virtual machines. The report also documents how Microsoft CSV connected to a consolidated pool of EMC Symmetrix VMAX storage can be used to create a scalable platform for large application workloads.

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