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Lab Validation: EMC Symmetrix VMAX and Microsoft Server Virtualization Scalability

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Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) was used to take a tour of the test bed from a virtual server infrastructure point of view. SCVMM supports a number of advanced management features including intelligent placement, physical to virtual (P2V), virtual to virtual (V2V), and centralized management and monitoring. SVCMM also includes automated provisioning tools that use templates to simplify the deployment of virtual machines.

A server-centric SCVMM view of the ESG Lab test bed is shown in Figure 4. The 16-node cluster is shown toward the left. Details about one of the physical servers in the cluster is shown toward the right (e.g., 16 Intel Xeon 2.27 GHz processor cores).

Figure 4. A Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager View of the Test Bed

Next, ESG Lab used the Symmetrix Management Console (SMC) to examine the configuration from a storage perspective. The Symmetrix Management Console is a Web-based management interface designed to simplify storage resource management. As shown in Figure 5, 720 disk drives represented the backing storage for thin devices were used within the environment. These data devices, configured as 2-way mirrored volumes, were used to store the data associated with 1,024 virtual machines.

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