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Extra Room for Microsoft Exchange

Guest Blog By:  Don Wilson, Manager – Hybrid IT  Solutions

HPE_1913_BAN_EXCHANGE_200x200.jpg  Sometimes, a little more room can have a big impact. Like when you’re forced to share a cubicle with a coworker or when your plane is overbooked. Microsoft® Exchange® capacity can be like that: one day, adding more mailboxes or more capacity to existing mailboxes is no problem. The next, it can overwhelm your existing resources and seriously sap productivity.

Designing an optimum Exchange environment is complex and time-consuming. That’s why HPE has used our extensive Microsoft expertise to design Reference Architectures (RAs) that provide predictable, stable Exchange performance in both on-premises and hybrid environments. We also offer HPE Flex Solutions for Microsoft Exchange, which are on-premises solutions in predefined but flexible configurations sized for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and enterprises.

HPE Gen10 innovations provide multiple benefits for Microsoft Exchange Server 2016. For example, HPE Gen10 server workload profiles help optimize performance by allowing the operating system (OS) to use the “High performance” power plan in Microsoft Windows®. Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors accelerate performance for your most demanding computational tasks, and higher capacity and increased hard disk drive (HDD) count increase the possible mailbox sizes. HPE Smart Array Gen10 delivers up to 65% better performance over previous generation controllers, providing the headroom to support higher per-mailbox IOPS requirements and improve Exchange storage performance.

Security is enhanced as well. HPE’s silicon root of trust designs security directly into the iLO 5 chip, creating an immutable fingerprint in the silicon, preventing servers from booting up unless the firmware matches the fingerprint. Because HPE has total control of its own custom-made silicon chip and the server-essential firmware, we are the only vendor in the industry that can offer this advantage, making ours the world’s most secure industry-standard servers.[1]

HPE Pointnext services and HPE partners have years of industry-leading expertise guiding clients through unified communications and collaboration (UCC) transformations with established tools and management-of-change methodologies.

Finally, you can accelerate your plans to update IT infrastructure while preserving cash with the HPE Technology Refresh program from HPE Financial Services. You can make affordable monthly payments and routinely refresh your infrastructure every two to four years. We also offer several consumption models. For SMBs the HPE Subscription provides the flexibility to configure on-premises solutions that include compute, storage, software, and support, while gaining the ability to pay a low monthly subscription fee over a three-year period. HPE Flexible Capacity, a pay-per-use, on-premises IT infrastructure solution, enables the agility and economics of a public-cloud experience with the control and performance benefits of on-premises IT. You can set up IT capacity, pay monthly based on what you use, and easily scale up or down without a capital outlay or a lengthy IT procurement process.

Whether you’re adopting Exchange for the first time or refreshing your existing environment, you’ll benefit from tested, proven solutions based on HPE Gen10 technology and Microsoft best practices.

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[1] Based on external firm conducting cyber security penetration testing of a range of server products from a range of manufacturers, May 2017.

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I am a Solutions Marketing Manager for the Small and Midsized Segment at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. I blog on topics of interest for Servers and Solutions.