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The present way of thinking is a high-end server with multiple drives, raid configuration, redundant power supply, network cards and…
But that is no longer the case.
With exchange 2016 Microsoft recommends multiple less expensive servers with regular SATA hard drive configured for JBOD.
IMPORTANT: you should have Raid (can be Raid 1) for the application drives as Exchange will only handle the database replication.
Why is this a better model?
First Money :
Second Reliability :
What is new in exchange 2016 that enable this model?
One very important consideration before you implement this change is that you still need a Raid controller because of the Cache, which is critical for the performance of the exchange server, and make sure to enable the cache policy to 100% Write cache
The content of this article is discussed in depth in Microsoft channel on YouTube (Microsoft Ignite) and can be found at the following link https://youtu.be/z32lmrkfanU
Since the purpose of my writing this article is only to make you aware of the big change in the new version of Exchange, I've only briefly discussed what I found to be the main points. You should, therefore, read the Microsoft documentation available at the provided links below..