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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

64-bit Exchange lessens I/O load

Microsoft exchange server 2007, currently in beta and slated to ship later this year or in early 2007, includes several new features that will have a profound effect on the kind of storage you'll need and how to protect it. Chief among those changes is that Exchange's inner workings have been retooled to operate in a 64-bit environment, resulting in better I/O performance. "We've been able to reduce the I/O requirements to the storage by roughly 70%," says Ray Mohrman, Microsoft's technical product manager, Exchange Server. Other changes that could impact storage are expanded mailbox sizes and improved support for unified messaging, which could add voice mail and faxes to users' in-boxes. "Microsoft is getting a large amount of scalability out of improvements to the overall architecture and the scalability of the database by this 64-bit update to the database," says Lee Benjamin, analyst for San Francisco-based Ferris Research. If the I/O load is reduced, it may be possible to use higher capacity, lower performing disks in ...

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