VMware ESX 3.5 and ESX3.5i white box

Hi Guys,

I'm trying to buy a white box that can run ESX 3.5 and ESX3i.  I know that HP ML150 G5 and HP ML110 G5 can run both.  However, there are a lot of different configurations?  Can someone tell me what is the best configurations that will get the job done and keep the cost down?  

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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
If you haven't picked up the HP ML150 or 110 you may want to take a look at the DL320 G5, I'ved picked up a few for under $300 on Ebay.  Another $120 for a 500GB SATA drive and 4GB Corsair unbufferd memory and I have a system with 580GB of storage and 6GB RAM for under $450.  The system is dual core and will do fine more most anything you do with a 3 year NBD HP warranty (these systems are under 3 years old)

You can also use any existing workstation that you have and configure openfiler which will give you an ISCSI SAN/NAS which you can use to setup LUNs on a cheapo gigabit switch and give you enough storage for any occasion. The drives these days are cheap and for openfiler you don't need that much ram


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