Lab Validation: EMC Symmetrix VMAX and Microsoft Server Virtualization Scalability
ESG Lab Validation
ESG Lab performed hands-on evaluation and testing of VMAX storage, Microsoft CSV, and Hyper-V R2 at EMC’s corporate headquarters located in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Testing was designed to demonstrate the scalability, ease of deployment, performance, and reliability of a consolidated infrastructure with 1,024 virtual machines.
The ESG Lab test bed is shown in Figure 3. Hyper-V R2 was used to deploy more than a thousand virtual machines on a 16-node Microsoft Failover Cluster SAN-connected to a four-frame EMC VMAX storage system.
Figure 3. The ESG Lab Test Bed
Key components of the configuration include:3
Sixteen multi-core servers, each with eight processor cores and 96 GB of memory
Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2
Microsoft Cluster Shared Volumes
A Brocade 8 Gbps SAN fabric
A six-engine EMC Symmetrix VMAX array
702 450 GB 15K RPM disk drives
EMC TimeFinder, Auto-provisioning Groups, and PowerPath software
The configuration of the Microsoft CSVs and the EMC Symmetrix VMAX solution was designed to meet the scalability requirements of a performance-intensive application workload supporting up to 1,024 virtual machines. Those requirements were met with multiple VMAX engines (six) and a large number of high performance disk drives (702).
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