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1 DESIGN GUIDE EMC VSPEX FOR VIRTUALIZED MICROSOFT SHAREPOINT 2013 EMC VSPEX Abstract This describes how to design virtualized Microsoft SharePoint 2013 resources on the appropriate EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure for Microsoft Hyper- V or VMware vsphere enabled by EMC VNXe or EMC VNX and EMC Powered Backup. The guide also illustrates how to size the solution. January 2015

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3 Contents Contents Chapter 1 Introduction 9 Purpose of this guide Business value Scope Audience Terminology Chapter 2 Before You Start 13 Deployment workflow Essential reading VSPEX Solution Overviews VSPEX Implementation Guides VSPEX Proven Infrastructure Guides EMC Powered Backup for VSPEX guide EMC best practices Chapter 3 Solution Overview 17 Overview EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructures Solution architecture Key components Introduction Microsoft SharePoint Server Microsoft SQL Server EMC VNX EMC VNXe EMC Powered Backup solutions VMware vsphere Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V EMC XtremCache EMC PowerPath/VE Chapter 4 Choosing a VSPEX Proven Infrastructure 32 Overview Step 1: Evaluate the customer use case

4 Contents Overview VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 qualification worksheet Step 2: Design the application architecture Overview VSPEX Sizing Tool Step 3: Choose the right VSPEX Proven Infrastructure Overview Considerations Examples Chapter 5 Solution Design Considerations and Best Practices 46 Overview Network design considerations Overview Network design best practices Storage layouts and design considerations Overview Storage design best practices Storage layout examples Virtualization design considerations Overview Virtualization design best practices Application design considerations Overview Application design best practices EMC Powered Backup design considerations Chapter 6 Solution Verification Methodologies 66 Overview Baseline hardware verification methodology Application verification methodology Overview Defining the test scenarios Understanding key metrics Creating the test environment Populating the database Running tests, analyzing results, and optimization EMC Powered Backup verification methodology Test tools Sample tool to create large number of random documents

5 Contents Sample tool to load documents into SharePoint Sample code for SharePoint performance testing Chapter 7 Reference Documentation 74 EMC documentation Other documentation Links Microsoft TechNet MSDN Library Appendix A Qualification Worksheet 79 VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 qualification worksheet Appendix B SharePoint Server 2013 Concepts 83 SharePoint Server 2013 fundamentals SharePoint Server 2013 search service Appendix C VSPEX Sizing Tool for Virtualized SharePoint 87 RPS calculation methodology Estimating content database size Appendix D High-level SharePoint Server 2013 Sizing Logic and Methodology 91 Overview SharePoint topology and compute resource sizing SharePoint Server 2013 web server sizing Application server sizing Database server sizing Storage layout sizing for SharePoint Server SharePoint Server 2013 content database pool sizing SharePoint 2013 services pool sizing My Site pool sizing VSPEX private cloud pool sizing Selecting the right VSPEX Proven Infrastructure

6 Contents Figures Figure 1. VSPEX Proven Infrastructure Figure 2. Architecture of the validated infrastructure Figure 3. SharePoint Server 2013 topology Figure 4. VNX with multicore optimization Figure 5. Active/active processors increase performance, resiliency, and efficiency Figure 6. New Unisphere Management Suite Figure 7. VNXe3200 with multicore optimization Figure 8. SharePoint 2013 storage elements on a VMware vsphere 5.5 platform49 Figure 9. SharePoint 2013 storage elements on Hyper-V platform Figure 10. Storage layout example: SharePoint 2013 small farm for VNXe series. 56 Figure 11. Storage layout example: SharePoint 2013 medium farm for VNX series without FAST VP Figure 12. Storage layout example: SharePoint 2013 medium farm for VNX series with FAST VP Figure 13. Printable qualification worksheet Figure 14. SharePoint Server 2013 content structure Figure 15. Test result of relationship of active user number and host IOPS for search intensive Publishing Portal Figure 16. Test result of relationship of active user number and host IOPS for search intensive Document Management Portal

7 Contents Tables Table 1. Table 2. Table 3. Table 4. Table 5. Table 6. Table 7. Table 8. Table 9. Table 10. Table 11. Table 12. Table 13. Table 14. Table 15. Table 16. Table 17. Table 18. Table 19. Table 20. Table 21. Table 22. Table 23. Table 24. Table 25. Table 26. Table 27. Table 28. Table 29. Table 30. Table 31. Table 32. Table 33. Table 34. Table 35. Terminology VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint Server 2013: Deployment workflow.. 14 VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013: Design process VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 qualification worksheet guidelines VSPEX Sizing Tool output VSPEX Proven Infrastructure: Selection steps Example of qualification worksheet: Small SharePoint farm Example of required resources: Small SharePoint farm Example of SharePoint farm details in VSPEX Sizing Tool Example of performance key metrics: Small SharePoint farm Example of VSPEX qualification worksheet: Medium SharePoint farm.. 43 Example of required resources: Medium SharePoint farm Sample summary: Medium SharePoint farm in VSPEX Sizing Tool Example of performance key metrics: Medium SharePoint farm SharePoint related storage pools name and the purpose Example of I/O pattern of the index temporary location in SharePoint Server Disk type and RAID type for storage pool after FAST VP is enabled on VNX Recommended number of vcpus for the application server Recommended number of vcpus for SQL Server Recommended RAM for SQL Server Example of I/O pattern of the index temporary location in SharePoint Server High-level steps for application verification General operations Mixed workloads VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 qualification worksheet SharePoint Server 2013 fundamental concepts SharePoint search service concepts Formula to estimate content database size High-level steps for SharePoint farm sizing Sizing the web server by active user number Web server compute resource assignment Sizing application servers for a normal farm Sizing application servers for a heavily used farm Application server compute resource assignment SQL Server vcpu resource sizing for SharePoint Server

8 Contents Table 36. Table 37. Table 38. Table 39. Table 40. Table 41. Table 42. SQL Server memory resource sizing for SharePoint Server Example of user input for sizing the content database pool Sizing the application server for non-intensive search farm Sizing the application server for intensive search farm RAID configuration for the My Site pool VSPEX storage model support matrix Storage system support matrix

9 Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 1 Introduction This chapter presents the following topics: Purpose of this guide Business value Scope Audience Terminology

10 Chapter 1: Introduction Purpose of this guide Business value EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructures are optimized for virtualizing business-critical applications. VSPEX enables partners to plan and design the assets required to support Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 in a virtualized environment on a VSPEX Private Cloud. The EMC VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 architecture provides a validated system, capable of hosting a virtualized SharePoint 2013 solution at a consistent performance level. This system has been tested, sized, and designed to be layered on an existing VSPEX Private Cloud using either a VMware vsphere or Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V virtualization layer, and uses the highly available EMC VNX family of storage systems. All VSPEX solutions are sized and tested with EMC Powered Backup products. EMC Avamar and EMC Data Domain enable complete infrastructure, application, and SharePoint backup and recovery, including data protection of SharePoint with complete awareness and intelligence for the Always-On Availability Group (AoAG) configurations that is typical of next-generation high-availability database architectures. The compute and network components, while vendor-definable, are designed to be redundant and are sufficiently powerful to handle the processing and data needs of the virtual machine environment. This describes how to design the resources necessary to deploy Microsoft SharePoint 2013 on any VSPEX Proven Infrastructure that uses a VNX or EMC VNXe storage array. The volume and diversity of content and the size of user data continue to grow year after year. Data is exploding, with a 50 times growth rate forecast over the next ten years. To realize the value in all of this data, businesses are turning to content management applications to promote collaboration and information sharing. For over ten years, SharePoint has been helping customers to develop portals for collaboration, to manage documents and records, to search and share documents, and to develop business process automation around their most valuable asset their information. As SharePoint has developed and continued to add new functionality and features, the challenges that businesses face in managing their data have also grown. Administering, auditing, protecting, managing, and delivering an optimal SharePoint infrastructure for a geographically distributed work force is a major challenge for most IT departments. Virtualization of physical servers and storage assets with VSPEX enables IT departments to be more dynamic and agile, and to keep pace with the ever-changing demands on the business. VSPEX enables customers to accelerate their IT transformation with faster deployments and simplified management, backup, and storage provisioning. Customers can realize greater efficiency with higher application availability, 10

11 Chapter 1: Introduction increased storage utilization, and faster and leaner backups. In addition, VSPEX provides customers with choices when selecting a hypervisor, servers, and networks to address the requirements of their unique SharePoint 2013 environments. Scope This describes how to design an EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure for virtualized SharePoint Server 2013 environments running on a Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vsphere platform. The guide assumes that a VSPEX Private Cloud already exists in the customer environment. The guide provides examples of deployments on either an EMC VNX or an EMC VNXe storage array. It also illustrates how to size SharePoint Server 2013 on the VSPEX Proven Infrastructures using the VSPEX Sizing Tool, allocate resources following best practices, and use all the benefits that VSPEX offers. The EMC Powered Backup solutions for SharePoint data protection are described in a separate document EMC Backup and Recovery Options for VSPEX for Virtualized Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Design and Implementation Guide. Audience This guide is intended for internal EMC personnel and qualified EMC VSPEX partners. The guide assumes that VSPEX partners who intend to deploy this VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 solution are: Qualified by Microsoft to sell and implement SharePoint solutions Certified in SharePoint Server 2013 with one or both of the following Microsoft certifications: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 (Exam: 331) Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 (Exam: 332) Qualified by EMC to sell, install, and configure the EMC VNX family of storage systems Certified for selling VSPEX Proven Infrastructures Qualified to sell, install, and configure the network and server products required for VSPEX Proven Infrastructures Partners who plan to deploy the solution must also have the necessary technical training and background to install and configure: VNX and VNXe vsphere or Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V as virtualization platforms Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems (OS) Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 EMC Powered Backup products, including Avamar and Data Domain 11

12 Chapter 1: Introduction Terminology This guide provides external references where applicable. EMC recommends that partners implementing this solution are familiar with these documents. For details, refer to Essential reading on page 14 and Chapter 7: Reference Documentation on page 74. Table 1 lists the terminology used in this guide. Table 1. Term MCx Overlay tempdb Terminology Definition Multicore Code Path Optimization A VSPEX technology solution that adds optional functionality to a VSPEX Proven Infrastructure tempdb refers to a system database used by Microsoft SQL Server as a temporary working area during processing. 12

13 Chapter 2: Before You Start Chapter 2 Before You Start This chapter presents the following topics: Deployment workflow Essential reading

14 Chapter 2: Before You Start Deployment workflow To design and implement your VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 solution, refer to the process flow in Table 2 1. Table 2. VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint Server 2013: Deployment workflow Step Action 1 Use the VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 qualification worksheet to collect user requirements. The one-page qualification worksheet is in Appendix A: VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 qualification worksheet on page Use the EMC VSPEX Sizing Tool to determine the recommended VSPEX Proven Infrastructure for your virtualized SharePoint solution, based on the user requirements collected in Step 1. For more information about the Sizing Tool, refer to the EMC VSPEX Sizing Tool portal. Note: If the Sizing Tool is not available, you can manually size the application using the guidelines in Appendix D: High-level SharePoint Server 2013 Sizing Logic and Methodology on page Use this to determine the final design for the VSPEX Proven Infrastructure for virtualized SharePoint Server Note: Ensure that all application requirements are considered, not just the requirements for virtualized SharePoint. 4 Select and order the right VSPEX Proven Infrastructure. Refer to the appropriate VSPEX Proven Infrastructure Guide in Essential reading for guidance. 5 Deploy and test your VSPEX solution. Refer to the appropriate VSPEX Implementation Guide in Essential reading for guidance. Essential reading EMC recommends that you read the following documents, available from the VSPEX space on the EMC Community Network or from the VSPEX Proven Infrastructure pages on EMC.com. If you do not have access to a document, contact your EMC representative. VSPEX Solution Overviews Refer to the following VSPEX Solution Overview documents: EMC VSPEX Server Virtualization for Midmarket Businesses EMC VSPEX Server Virtualization for Small and Medium Businesses 1 If your solution includes EMC Powered Backup components, refer to EMC Backup and Recovery Options for VSPEX for Virtualized Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Design and Implementation Guide for detailed information on implementing these options into your VSPEX solution. 14

15 Chapter 2: Before You Start VSPEX Implementation Guides VSPEX Proven Infrastructure Guides EMC Powered Backup for VSPEX guide EMC best practices Refer to the following VSPEX Implementation Guides: with Microsoft Hyper-V with VMware vsphere Refer to the following VSPEX Proven Infrastructure Guides: EMC VSPEX Private Cloud: VMware vsphere 5.5 for up to 200 Virtual Machines EMC VSPEX Private Cloud: VMware vsphere 5.5 for up to 1,000 Virtual Machines EMC VSPEX Private Cloud: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V for up to 200 Virtual Machines EMC VSPEX Private Cloud: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V for up to 1,000 Virtual Machines Refer to the following EMC Powered Backup for VSPEX guide: EMC Backup and Recovery Options for VSPEX for Virtualized Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Design and Implementation Guide Refer to the following best practices guide: Microsoft SharePoint Server Best Practices and lines for EMC Storage 15

16 Chapter 2: Before You Start 16

17 Chapter 3: Solution Overview Chapter 3 Solution Overview This chapter presents the following topics: Overview EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructures Solution architecture Key components

18 Chapter 3: Solution Overview Overview This chapter provides an overview of the VSPEX Proven Infrastructure for virtualized Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 and the key technologies used in this solution. The solution described in this includes the servers, storage, network components, and SharePoint components that focus on small and medium business private cloud environments. The solution enables customers to quickly and consistently deploy and protect a virtualized SharePoint farm in the VSPEX Proven Infrastructure. The VNX and VNXe family storage arrays are multiprotocol platforms that can support the Internet Small Computer System (iscsi), network file system (NFS), Common Internet File System (CIFS), Fibre Channel (FC), and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocols depending on a customer s specific needs. This solution was validated using NFS and iscsi for data storage. This can help customers to deploy a simple, effective, and flexible SharePoint solution on a VSPEX Proven Infrastructure. The guidance applies to all VSPEX Proven Infrastructures, including VMware vsphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. This solution requires the presence of Active Directory (AD) and Domain Name System (DNS). The implementation of these services is beyond the scope of this guide, but the services are considered prerequisites for a successful deployment. The EMC Powered Backup solutions for SharePoint data protection are described in a separate document EMC Backup and Recovery Options for VSPEX for Virtualized Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Design and Implementation Guide. EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructures EMC has joined forces with IT infrastructure providers to create a complete virtualization solution that accelerates the deployment of private cloud. VSPEX enables faster deployment, greater simplicity and choice, higher efficiency, and lower risk. Validation by EMC ensures predictable performance and enables customers to select technology that uses their existing IT infrastructure while eliminating planning, sizing, and configuration burdens. VSPEX provides a virtual infrastructure for customers looking to gain the simplicity that is characteristic of truly converged infrastructures, while at the same time gaining more choices in individual stack components. VSPEX solutions are proven by EMC and packaged and sold exclusively by EMC channel partners. VSPEX provides channel partners with more opportunity, a faster sales cycle, and end-to-end enablement. By working closely together, EMC and its channel partners can now deliver infrastructure that accelerates the journey to the cloud for even more customers. VSPEX Proven Infrastructures, as shown in Figure 1, are modular, virtualized infrastructures validated by EMC and delivered by EMC partners. VSPEX includes virtualization, compute, and network layers, and EMC storage and backup, designed by EMC to deliver reliable and predictable performance. 18

19 Chapter 3: Solution Overview Figure 1. VSPEX Proven Infrastructure VSPEX provides the flexibility to choose network, server, and virtualization technologies that fit a customer s environment to create a complete virtualization solution. VSPEX delivers faster deployment for EMC partner customers, with greater simplicity and efficiency, more choice, and lower risk to a customer s business. For more information about VSPEX Proven Infrastructures, refer to VSPEX Proven Infrastructure Guides on page 15. Solution architecture Figure 2 shows the architecture that characterizes the validated infrastructure for a SharePoint 2013 overlay on a VSPEX Proven Infrastructure. All SharePoint servers web server, application server, and SQL Server are deployed as virtual machines on VMware vsphere 5.5 or Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V. We 2 used the VSPEX Sizing Tool for SharePoint to determine the number of SharePoint server roles and the detailed compute resources for each role. We also used it to determine the recommended storage layout for SharePoint Server 2013, in addition to the VSPEX private cloud pool in the VNX or VNXe series. 2 In this guide, "we" and "our" refer to the EMC Solutions engineering team that validated the solution. 19

20 Chapter 3: Solution Overview Figure 2. Architecture of the validated infrastructure Key components Introduction This section provides an overview of the key technologies used in this solution: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Microsoft SQL Server 2012 EMC VNX EMC VNXe3200 EMC Powered Backup solutions VMware vsphere 5.5 Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V EMC XtremCache 20

21 Chapter 3: Solution Overview EMC PowerPath /VE Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 provides a business-collaboration platform for enterprise and commercial organizations. SharePoint enables organizations to share content and information through websites, blogs, wikis, and document libraries some of the many features of a SharePoint environment. Content within these features can be managed collectively from start to finish. The SharePoint Server 2013 platform comprises a rich set of integrated capabilities that can be used either out of the box or customized to address specific business needs and integrated with other products and solutions. The platform can be deployed both within the organization (through intranets) and outside of the firewall (through extranets and the Internet) to enable interaction with employees, customers, and business partners. Thoughts and ideas can be easily exchanged and discussed using the same set of capabilities and tools. A SharePoint environment consists of multiple server roles combined into units called farms. The SharePoint Server 2013 farm in this solution includes the following server roles: Web server role: This server is responsible for the actual SharePoint pages that a user views. The role of the web server is to host web pages, web services, and the web parts that are required to process requests from users. The web server directs these requests to the application server, which returns the results to the web server. Application server role: This server runs all the SharePoint application services, including index crawling and search query services. It also hosts the SharePoint Central Administration website. You can add application servers to host services that can be deployed to a single server and used by all the servers in a farm. Services with similar usage and performance characteristics can be logically grouped on a server and, if necessary, hosted on multiple servers if a scale out is required to respond to performance or capacity requirements. EMC recommends that you use three types of search application roles distributed across the application servers: All-in-one The server contains all of the search application roles: Query processing Index partition Crawler Content processing Analytics processing Administration Crawler-type The server has four roles: Crawler Content processing Analytics 21

22 Chapter 3: Solution Overview Administration Query-type The server has two roles: Query processing Index partitioning Database server role: These are servers that run the SharePoint databases, including the content databases, configuration databases, search databases, and so on. For this solution, we installed SQL Server 2012 with a back-end database role for SharePoint Server Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SQL Server 2012 is Microsoft s database management and analysis system for e- commerce, line-of-business, and data warehousing solutions. SQL Server is widely used to store, retrieve, and manage application data. Because it is used with a range of applications, and each application has different requirements for performance, sizing, availability, recoverability, manageability, and so on, it is important to fully understand these factors and plan accordingly when deploying SQL Server. SharePoint Server 2013 is built on the SQL Server database engine and most of the content and SharePoint configurations are stored in the SQL Server databases. In this VSPEX Proven Infrastructure for virtualized SharePoint, we used SQL Server 2012 as the back-end database application. SharePoint Server 2013 uses the following types of SQL Server databases: Configuration databases: The configuration database and Central Administration content database are called configuration databases. They contain data about farm settings such as the databases used, Internet Information Services (IIS) websites or web applications, solutions, web part packages, site templates, default quota, and blocked file types. A SharePoint farm can have only one set of configuration databases. Content databases: Content databases store all site content: site documents, such as files in document libraries, list data, web part properties, and user names and rights. All the data for a specific site resides in one content database. Each web application can contain many content databases. Each site collection can be associated with only one content database, although a content database can be associated with many site collections. Service application databases: Service application databases store data for use by a service application. The databases for service applications vary significantly in how they are used. Figure 3 shows the server roles in the SharePoint farm and the related service components that we validated in this VSPEX Proven Infrastructure for SharePoint. For detailed information about basic SharePoint Server 2013 concepts, refer to Appendix B: SharePoint Server 2013 Concepts on page

23 Chapter 3: Solution Overview Figure 3. SharePoint Server 2013 topology SharePoint Server 2013 also supports other service components. If you plan to design additional services for SharePoint Server 2013, refer to the Microsoft TechNet website for information about the performance of these features, capacity test results, and recommendations. EMC VNX Features and enhancements The EMC VNX flash-optimized unified storage platform delivers innovation and enterprise capabilities for file, block, and object storage in a single, scalable, and easy-to-use solution. Ideal for mixed workloads in physical or virtual environments, VNX combines powerful and flexible hardware with advanced efficiency, management, and protection software to meet the demanding needs of today s virtualized application environments. VNX includes many features and enhancements designed and built upon the first generation s success. These features and enhancements include: More capacity with multicore optimization with EMC Multicore Cache, Multicore RAID, and Multicore FAST Cache (MCx) Greater efficiency with a flash-optimized hybrid array Better protection by increasing application availability with active/active array service processors 23

24 Chapter 3: Solution Overview Easier administration and deployment by increasing productivity with EMC Unisphere Management Suite VSPEX is built with the VNX to deliver even greater efficiency, performance, and scale than ever before. Flash-optimized hybrid array VNX is a flash-optimized hybrid array that provides automated tiering to deliver the best performance to your critical data, while intelligently moving less frequently accessed data to lower-cost disks. In this hybrid approach, a small percentage of flash drives in the overall system can provide a high percentage of the overall IOPS. The flash-optimized VNX takes full advantage of the low latency of flash to deliver cost-saving optimization and high performance scalability. EMC Fully Automated Storage Tiering Suite (FAST Cache and FAST VP) tiers both block and file data across heterogeneous drives and boosts the most active data to the flash drives, ensuring that customers never have to make concessions for cost or performance. Data generally is accessed most frequently at the time it is created; therefore, new data is first stored on flash drives to provide the best performance. As the data ages and becomes less active over time, FAST VP can tier the data from high-performance to high-capacity drives automatically, based on customer-defined policies. This functionality has been enhanced with four times better granularity and with FAST VP solid-state disks (SSDs) based on enterprise multilevel cell (emlc) technology to lower the cost per gigabyte. FAST Cache dynamically absorbs unpredicted spikes in system workloads. FAST Cache can provide immediate performance enhancement by promoting suddenly active data from slower high-capacity drives to faster flash drives. All VSPEX use cases benefit from the increased efficiency. VSPEX Proven Infrastructures deliver private cloud, end-user computing, and virtualized application solutions. With VNX, customers can realize an even greater return on their investment. VNX provides out-of-band, block-based deduplication that can dramatically lower the costs of the flash tier. VNX Intel MCx code path optimization The advent of flash technology has been a catalyst in totally changing the requirements of midrange storage systems. EMC redesigned the midrange storage platform to efficiently optimize multicore CPUs to provide the highest performing storage system at the lowest cost in the market. MCx distributes all VNX data services across all cores (up to 32), as shown in Figure 4. The VNX series with MCx has dramatically improved the file performance for transactional applications like databases or virtual machines over network-attached storage (NAS). 24

25 Chapter 3: Solution Overview Figure 4. VNX with multicore optimization Multicore Cache The cache is the most valuable asset in the storage subsystem; its efficient use is key to the overall efficiency of the platform in handling variable and changing workloads. The cache engine has been modularized to take advantage of all the cores available in the system. Multicore RAID Another important part of the MCx redesign is the handling of I/O to the permanent back-end storage hard disk drives (HDDs) and SSDs. Greatly increased performance improvements in VNX come from the modularization of the back-end data management processing, which enables MCx to seamlessly scale across all processors. VNX performance Performance enhancements VNX storage, enabled with the MCx architecture, is optimized for FLASH 1 st and provides unprecedented overall performance. It optimizes transaction performance (cost per IOPS), bandwidth performance (cost per GB/s) with low latency, and capacity efficiency (cost per GB). VNX provides the following performance improvements: Up to four times more file transactions when compared with dual controller arrays Increased file performance for transactional applications by up to three times, with a 60 percent better response time Up to four times more Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server OLTP transactions Up to six times more virtual machines Active/active array service processors The new VNX architecture provides active/active array service processors, as shown in Figure 5, which eliminate application timeouts during path failover since both paths are actively serving I/O. 25

26 Chapter 3: Solution Overview Figure 5. Active/active processors increase performance, resiliency, and efficiency Load balancing is also improved and applications can achieve an up to two times improvement in performance. Active/active for block is ideal for applications that require the highest levels of availability and performance, but do not require tiering or efficiency services like compression, deduplication, or snapshots. Note: The active/active processors are available only for classic logical unit numbers (LUNs), not for pool LUNs. Automated file-system migrations With this VNX release, VSPEX customers can use virtual Data Movers (VDMs) and VNX Replicator to perform automated and high-speed file system migrations between systems. This process migrates all snaps and settings automatically, and enables the clients to continue operation during the migration. Unisphere Management Suite Unisphere Management Suite extends the Unisphere easy-to-use interface to include VNX Monitoring and Reporting for validating performance and anticipating capacity requirements. As shown in Figure 6, the suite also includes Unisphere Remote for centrally managing thousands of VNX and VNXe systems with new support for EMC XtremCache. 26

27 Chapter 3: Solution Overview Figure 6. New Unisphere Management Suite EMC VNXe3200 EMC VNXe3200 is the most affordable flash-optimized unified storage platform. It delivers innovation and enterprise capabilities for file and block storage in a single, scalable, and easy-to-use solution. Ideal for mixed workloads in physical or virtual environments, VNXe3200 combines powerful and flexible hardware with advanced efficiency, management, and protection software to meet the demanding needs of today s virtualized application environments. VNXe3200 includes many features and enhancements designed and built upon the success of the midrange EMC VNX family. These features and enhancements include: Greater efficiency with a flash-optimized hybrid array More capacity with multicore optimization with EMC Multicore Cache, Multicore RAID, and Multicore FAST Cache (MCx) Easier administration and deployment with VNXe Base Software components including Monitoring and Reporting, and Unified Snapshots VMware and Microsoft ecosystem integration Unified multiprotocol support for FC, iscsi, NFS, and CIFS VSPEX is built with the VNXe to deliver even greater efficiency, performance, and scale than ever before. Flash-optimized hybrid array VNXe3200 is a flash-optimized hybrid array that provides automated tiering to deliver the best performance to your critical data, while intelligently moving less frequently accessed data to lower-cost disks. In this hybrid approach, a small percentage of flash drives in the overall system can provide a high percentage of the overall IOPS. VNXe3200 takes full advantage of the low latency of flash to deliver cost-saving optimization and high performance scalability. EMC Fully Automated Storage Tiering Suite (FAST Cache and FAST VP) tiers both block and file data across heterogeneous drives and boosts the most active data to the flash drives, ensuring that customers never have to make concessions for cost or performance. 27

28 Chapter 3: Solution Overview Data generally is accessed most frequently at the time it is created; therefore, new data is first stored on flash drives to provide the best performance. As the data ages and becomes less active over time, FAST VP can tier the data from high-performance to high-capacity drives automatically, based on customer-defined policies. FAST Cache dynamically absorbs unpredicted spikes in system workloads. FAST Cache can provide immediate performance enhancement by promoting suddenly active data to from slower high-capacity drives to speedier flash drives. All VSPEX use cases benefit from the increased efficiency. VSPEX Proven Infrastructures deliver private cloud, end-user computing, and virtualized application solutions. With VNXe3200, customers can realize an even greater return on their investment. VNX Intel MCx code path optimization The advent of flash technology has been a catalyst in totally changing the requirements of midrange storage systems. EMC redesigned the midrange storage platform to efficiently optimize multicore CPUs to provide the most efficient storage system at the lowest cost in the market. MCx distributes all VNXe data services across all cores, as shown in Figure 7, and can dramatically improve the file performance for transactional applications like databases or virtual machines over NAS. VNXe includes the first use of the Intel Non-Transparent Bridge (NTB) in an EMC storage array. NTB enables direct high-speed connectivity between storage processors via a PCI Express (PCIe) interface. This eliminates external PCIe switches, saves power and space, and reduces latency and cost. Figure 7. VNXe3200 with multicore optimization VNXe Base Software The enhanced VNXe Base Software extends the EMC Unisphere easy-to-use interface to include VNX Monitoring and Reporting for validating performance and anticipating capacity requirements. The suite also includes Unisphere Central for centrally managing thousands of VNX and VNXe systems. 28

29 Virtualization and ecosystem management Chapter 3: Solution Overview VMware vsphere Storage APIs for Storage Awareness VMware vsphere Storage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) is a VMware-defined API that displays storage information through vcenter. Integration between VASA technology and VNX makes storage management in a virtualized environment a seamless experience. VMware vsphere Storage APIs for Array Integration VMware vsphere Storage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) offloads VMware storagerelated functions from the server to the storage system, enabling more efficient use of server and network resources for increased performance and consolidation. EMC Storage Analytics for VNXe EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) for VNXe delivers a storage-only version of VMware vcenter Operations Manager with a built-in VNXe connector that provides detailed analytics, relationships, and unique icons for EMC arrays and components. EMC Virtual Storage Integrator EMC Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) is a no-charge plug-in for VMware vcenter that is available to all VMware users with EMC storage. VSPEX customers can use VSI to simplify management of virtualized storage. VMware administrators can gain visibility into their VNX storage using the familiar vcenter interface. With VSI, IT administrators can do more work in less time. VSI offers unmatched access control that enables you to efficiently manage and delegate storage tasks with confidence. With VSI, you can perform daily management tasks with up to 90 percent fewer clicks and up to 10 times higher productivity. EMC Storage Integrator EMC Storage Integrator (ESI) is targeted towards the Windows and application administrator. ESI is easy to use, delivers end-to end monitoring, and is hypervisor agnostic. Administrators can provision in both virtual and physical environments for a Windows platform, and troubleshoot by viewing the topology of an application from the underlying hypervisor to the storage. Microsoft Hyper-V With Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft provides Hyper-V 3.0, an enhanced hypervisor for private cloud that can run on NAS protocols for simplified connectivity. Microsoft Hyper-V Offloaded Data Transfer The Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) feature of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 enables data transfers during copy operations to be offloaded to the storage array, freeing up host cycles. For example, using ODX for a live migration of a Microsoft SQL Server virtual machine doubled performance, decreased migration time by 50 percent, reduced CPU on the Hyper-V server by 20 percent, and eliminated network traffic. 29

30 Chapter 3: Solution Overview EMC Powered Backup solutions EMC Powered Backup solutions Avamar and Data Domain deliver the protection confidence needed to accelerate deployment of virtualized SharePoint. Optimized for virtualized application environments, EMC Powered Backup reduces backup times by 90 percent and increases recovery speeds by 30 times even offers instant virtual machine access for worry-free protection. EMC backup appliances add another layer of assurance with end-to-end verification and self-healing for ensured recovery. For SharePoint, EMC Powered Backup delivers advanced capabilities like Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)-based farm-level backups and fast, granular recovery of individual files without having to restore the whole farm. In addition, features such as auto-discovery and auto-configuration reduce complexity and save time while ensuring that critical data is always protected. EMC Powered Backup solutions also deliver big savings. The integrated solutions with deduplication reduce backup storage by 10 to 30 times, backup management time by 81 percent, and bandwidth by 99 percent for efficient offsite replication delivering a seven-month payback on average. For full technical guidance, refer to EMC Backup and Recovery Options for VSPEX for Virtualized Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Design and Implementation Guide. This guide describes how to design, size, and implement EMC Powered Backup solutions for VSPEX Proven Infrastructures for virtualized SharePoint. VMware vsphere 5.5 VMware vsphere 5.5 transforms a computer s physical resources by virtualizing the CPU, RAM, hard disk, and network controller. This transformation creates fully functional virtual machines that run isolated and encapsulated operating systems and applications just like physical computers. VMware vsphere High Availability (HA) provides easy to use, cost-effective high availability for applications running in virtual machines. The VMware vsphere vmotion and VMware vsphere Storage vmotion features of vsphere 5.5 enable the seamless migration of virtual machines and stored files from one vsphere server to another, with minimal or no performance impact. Coupled with VMware vsphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and VMware vsphere Storage DRS, virtual machines have access to the appropriate resources at any point in time through load balancing of compute and storage resources. VMware Native Multipathing Plug-In (NMP) is the default module in vsphere used for multipathing. It provides a default path selection algorithm based on the array type. NMP associates a set of physical paths with a specific storage device or LUN. The specific details for handling path failover for a given storage array are delegated to a Storage Array Type Plug-In (SATP). The specific details for determining which physical path is used to issue an I/O request to a storage device are handled by a Path Selection Plug-In (PSP). SATPs and PSPs are sub plug-ins within the NMP module. 30

31 Chapter 3: Solution Overview Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V provides a complete virtualization platform, which offers increased scalability and performance with a flexible solution from the data center to the cloud. It makes it easier for organizations to realize the cost savings from virtualization and to optimize server hardware investments. Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V high-availability options include incremental backup support, enhancements in clustered environments to support virtual adapters within the virtual machine, and inbox network interface card (NIC) teaming. In Hyper- V, shared nothing live migration enables the migration of a virtual machine from a server running Hyper-V to another one without the need for both of them to be in the same cluster or to share storage. EMC XtremCache If your customer has special performance requirements on SharePoint Server, consider using EMC XtremCache as a solution. EMC XtremCache is intelligent caching software that uses server-based flash technology to reduce latency and accelerate throughput for dramatic application performance improvement. XtremCache accelerates reads and protects data by using a write-through cache to the networked storage to deliver persistent high availability, integrity, and disaster recovery. XtremCache, coupled with array-based EMC FAST software, creates the most efficient and intelligent I/O path from the application to the data store. The result is a networked infrastructure that is dynamically optimized for performance, intelligence, and protection for both physical and virtual environments. EMC PowerPath/VE EMC recommends that you install EMC PowerPath/VE for advanced multipathing functionality such as intelligent path testing and performance optimization. EMC PowerPath/VE provides intelligent, high-performance path management with path failover and load balancing optimized for EMC and selected third-party storage systems. PowerPath/VE supports multiple paths between a vsphere host and an external storage device. Having multiple paths enables the vsphere host to access a storage device, even if a specific path is unavailable. Multiple paths can also share the I/O traffic to a storage device. PowerPath/VE is particularly beneficial in highly available environments because it can prevent operational interruptions and downtime. The PowerPath/VE path failover capability avoids host failure by maintaining uninterrupted application support on the host in the event of a path failure (if another path is available). PowerPath/VE works with VMware ESXi as a Multipath Plug-in (MPP) that provides path management to hosts. It is installed as a kernel module on the vsphere host. It plugs in to the vsphere I/O stack framework to bring the advanced multipathing capabilities of PowerPath/VE, including dynamic load balancing and automatic failover, to the vsphere hosts. 31

32 Chapter 4: Choosing a VSPEX Proven Infrastructure Chapter 4 Choosing a VSPEX Proven Infrastructure This chapter presents the following topics: Overview Step 1: Evaluate the customer use case Step 2: Design the application architecture Step 3: Choose the right VSPEX Proven Infrastructure

33 Chapter 4: Choosing a VSPEX Proven Infrastructure Overview This chapter describes how to design the VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint solution and how to choose the right VSPEX Proven Infrastructure on which to layer SharePoint. Table 3 outlines the main steps you need to complete when selecting a VSPEX Proven Infrastructure. Table 3. VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013: Design process Step Action 1 Evaluate the customer s SharePoint workload by using the VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 qualification worksheet. See Step 1: Evaluate the customer use case. 2 Determine the required infrastructure, SharePoint resources, and architecture using the VSPEX Sizing Tool. See Step 2: Design the application architecture. Note: If the Sizing Tool is not available, you can manually size the application using the guidelines in Appendix D: High-level SharePoint Server 2013 Sizing Logic and Methodology on page Choose the right VSPEX Proven Infrastructure, based on the recommendations from Step 2. See Step 3: Choose the right VSPEX Proven Infrastructure. Step 1: Evaluate the customer use case Overview VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 qualification worksheet Before you choose any VSPEX solution, it is important to gather information about the customer s business infrastructure and workload requirements, in order to design the SharePoint environment properly. To help you to better understand the customer s business requirements for the VSPEX infrastructure design, EMC recommends that you use the VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 qualification worksheet in Appendix A: VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 qualification worksheet on page 79 when evaluating the workload requirements for the VSPEX solution. Appendix A: VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 qualification worksheet on page 79 presents a list of simple questions to help identify customer requirements, usage characteristics, and datasets. Appendix B: SharePoint Server 2013 Concepts on page 83 provides a detailed explanation of the qualification worksheet and general guidance on how to determine input values. 33

34 Chapter 4: Choosing a VSPEX Proven Infrastructure Table 4 provides a detailed explanation of the qualification worksheet and general guidance on how to determine input values. Table 4. VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 qualification worksheet guidelines Question How many SharePoint 2013 farms do you plan to host in your VSPEX Proven Infrastructure? Included number of years growth? Annual growth rate (%)? Is the SharePoint Web application going to be accessed globally? Initial farm size (GB)? Number of users? Description To identify the number of SharePoint 2013 farms to plan for on your VSPEX Proven infrastructure. SharePoint 2013 enables you to independently create multiple farms for your organization. The VSPEX Proven Infrastructure is designed for up to three SharePoint 2013 farms. Note: If a customer plans to have more than one farm in the VSPEX Proven Infrastructure, complete all of the following questions in this worksheet for each SharePoint 2013 farm. To define the number of years growth that will be calculated in the VSPEX Sizing Tool. Future growth is a key characteristic of the VSPEX solution. This answer helps you to understand the customer s plan for future growth. EMC recommends that you plan for at least one year s growth when using the VSPEX Sizing Tool. To define the expected annual growth rate for the amount of data in your SharePoint environment. Future growth is a key characteristic of the VSPEX solution. Enter a number that is appropriate for your environment. To define the user base of a SharePoint 2013 solution, you need to consider the total number of users and how they are geographically distributed. The answer helps you to understand the peak user base for the VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 solution. To define the volume of the content database that is stored in the SharePoint system. The volume of content is an important element for sizing disk capacity because it can influence the performance of other features and can also potentially affect network latency and available bandwidth. If it is your first time to estimate your content database size, refer to Estimating content database size on page 88. To define the total number of unique users that will access the SharePoint environment. This element is important for defining the resources required in the VSPEX for virtualized SharePoint 2013 solution. 34

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