I am wanting to use VMWare ESXi to virtualise sbs 2008 premium. I have 6 x 146GB 10k SAS drives running on 2x1.6 Quad Core HP DL350 server. My Raid controller will only run to raid 5.
I am seeking opinions, pros and cons of the following options:
Option 1: Run raid 5 across the 6 drives inone logical drive, then VMWare, with one instance of virtual SBS2008 (running 3 partitions a) 80GB OS/DC, b) 20GB swap, c) data), and other instance of virtual Server2008 (running Server2080 OS, SQL2005 and a couple of ther legacy apps which won't run on sbs2008 - haven't thought of partitioning yet). OR
Option 2: Array A: raid 5 on 5 drives, with sbs2008 (running 3 partitions a) 80GB OS/DC, b) 20GB swap, c) data), PLUS Array B: buy additional 2 drives and run Raid ? on 3 drives (running Server2080 OS, SQL2005 and a couple of ther legacy apps which won't run on sbs2008).
Option 3: I am completely offtrack with both above suggestions and you have a better idea ... if so please elaborate
I am thinking that Option 2 would not require virtualisation, but will require an additional $1100 investment in drives.
The things I need to consider are: speed, storage, redundancy, ease of installation, ease of maintenance.