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Cisco, EMC, VMware Virtualizing Exchange 2007: A Validated Architecture

If your organization depends on Microsoft Exchange for its email, then you understand the challenges of maintaining high availability of the Exchange application. When email is down, business critical communication and data is offline. Now, a single best -of- breed solution exists that will help you protect information, simplify deployment and management, and derive the most value from your e-mail information in a predictable, reliable, and accelerated manner.

Working together, Cisco, EMC, and VMware have developed and tested an innovative solution for end-to-end Microsoft Exchange 2007 in a fully virtualized architecture. The joint design makes it possible for data centers currently considering a migration to Exchange 2007 achieve:

  • Efficient, secure, and highly available deployments utilizing Cisco networking technology
  • Disaster recovery protection with advanced server and storage connectivity based on EMC storage and replication capabilities
  • The benefits of a virtualization using the VMware virtualized platform

By combining industry-leading technologies, this joint solution will ultimately help you reduce the cost and complexity of your messaging environment.


Lee Benjamin Messaging Architect, ExchangeGuy Consulting With over 20 years experience in the messaging industry, Lee Benjamin is an expert on Microsoft Exchange and related technologies. Since retiring from Microsoft in 1997, he has been a highly sought after consultant for enterprise and medium-sized organizations and software firms. He currently specializes in architecture, migration and upgrade advice, and product strategy/positioning for ISV's. He also evaluates and does product testing and training. Lee is chairman of the largest Exchange user group in the world ExchangeServerBoston, and actively engaged with other groups and organizations including Culminis, BostonUserGroups, WindowsBoston, and Virtg. For his involvement with the IT professional user group community, he is recognized as a Most Valuable Professional by Microsoft. Lee is a regular speaker at industry conferences such as TechEd, Exchange Connections, TechTarget Seminars, and online webinars on topics such as data protection, compliance and eDiscovery, messaging security, mobile access, and unified communications. Shannon McFarland Solutions Architect, Cisco Shannon McFarland, CCIE #5245, is a Solutions Architect for Data Center technologies on Cisco's Enterprise Solutions Engineering (ESE) team. He is currently focused on Data Center design validation and optimization with an application/OS focus on all things Microsoft. Shannon has worked on Enterprise Data Center, Campus and Branch/WAN design validation teams within ESE for the past 7 years. Prior to his time in ESE he was a field SE supporting enterprise customers. David Korsunsky ISV and Storage Solutions Manager, VMware Dave Korsunsky has been with VMware for approximately two years and manages the Storage and ISV Alliance Solutions Team. This team is responsible for designing, testing and documenting joint technical solutions integrating VMware products with those of VMware's Alliance Partners. Prior to joining VMware, Dave worked for some of the largest systems integrators in Canada, Bermuda and the US. Michael Tan Manager, EMC Santa Clara Innovation Center Michael Tan has been with EMC for four years and has over 10 years experience in the IT industry. His expertise includes server and SAN virtualization, application BC/DR, and subsystem software development. Michael has been a speaker at EMC World and VMworld.
Cisco, EMC, & VMware
Mar 31, 2009, 11:00 EDT (15:00 GMT)

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