NMS Server: should it go virtual

We have an NMS server monitoring our 100 remote sites.

This server could / should go virtual ?? Should be placed to an ESX server or remain to a standalone server? Server is monitoring IP SLA of the various remote sites and should provide accurate results.

It am afraid of delays due to cpu usages , downtime etc. What do you suggest?

Thank you
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Daniel McAllisterPresident, IT4SOHO, LLCCommented:
In my experience, NMS servers should be standalone hardware. You don't need anything "major" there, even a "converted" OLD desktop should be able to do the trick... there is VERY little non-RAM, non-NETWORK I/O on an NMS server, so the "heavy iron" servers would be a massive overkill for that service.

If you don't have a "retired" desktop (that still is usable) around, a $400 sale computer would do as well -- just put a reasonable amount of RAM into it!

Just my thoughts...

Dan
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AngelGabrielCommented:
Dan has expressed the same concern as myself. Any NMS should be on it's own hardware - If there is any issue with the NMS host, then you are now blind across your network - plus the original problem.
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