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July 09, 2008



My personal opinion is that Virtual Provisioning is intentionally overlooked in one Tier 1 environment where it could be VERY effective. Exchange is one of the few applications that can be sized properly with MS-Calc, or Excel. Users x Profile, and Users x Mailbox size. There is a bit more to it than that, but you get the idea. If you are capacity bound, because your mgmt is allocating 2 GB Mailboxes, wouldn't it be nice to provide enough spindles to meet the IO Load, but Virtually provision for the capacity. Now this scare the be-jezus out of hard-line Exchange folks, but could provide significant cost savings to one of the most inefficient hogs in the IT world.

Chuck Hollis


But I think it's also worth expanding the discussion to include "gee, have you thought about email archiving? Maybe single instancing of attachments?"

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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