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Lab Validation: EMC Symmetrix VMAX and Microsoft Server Virtualization Scalability

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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.

Getting Started

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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For more details, see the Appendix.

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