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vSphere Migration. Performance Improvements

vSphere Migration

Consulting, Deployment, Engineering

 July 2012 – Business Problem

An engineering and manufacturing client with a multi-server VMware virtualized environment, was not seeing the performance results expected. In addition, the Exchange 2010 server was requiring frequent reboots to maintain reliability. Backup processes were not meeting requirements.

Solution

Replace 3 older Dell servers with SATA RAID arrays with a single HP DL380 with RAID6 SAS drives. Installed VMWare vSphere  and migrated all virtual machines to the new hardware platform. Veeam was installed in a Windows 7 virtual machine to manage backups, storing data to a local Drobo NAS and additional NAS across a SonicWall VPN to provide both local and offsite backup.

Result

Significant performance improvements, Exchange server stabilized, lower power consumption in data center, both local and off site backups, all installed with minimal disruption to production. Increased security with SonicWall’s Comprehensive Gateway Security Suite.