As customers move toward their goal of 100% virtualized data centers, they increasingly look for ways to bring the benefits of VMware virtualization to their mission-critical Microsoft applications. Customers planning a new deployment, performing an upgrade, or planning to 100% virtualize their data centers have an ideal opportunity to transition to a VMware vSphere virtual infrastructure built on NetApp unified storage.

This document provides guidance on how to design and architect a scalable Microsoft applications mixed workload solution using highly available VMware vSphere 4 virtual infrastructure and NetApp unified storage. It highlights the flexibility of leveraging either a Fibre Channel (FC) protocol-based storage solution or IP-based solution (that is, iSCSI and Network File System [NFS]) for hosting virtual machines.