NetApp FAS2020, VMWare NFS/iSCSI over GigE real world performance with only four servers
Posted on 2009-12-27
I manage the server/desktop infrastructure for a small law firm (45 desktops). We currently are running four servers
- 2 W2k3 DCs, one serving files another hosting SQL Server 2k5 on HP ProLiant DL 380s
- Exchange 2k3 (Dell PowerEdge 2950)
- Citrix XenApp 5 on W2k8 with ten licenses (Dell PowerEdge 2950)
I am interested in virtualizing this environment. The small server room doesn't have room for much more UPS or servers in the rack. The plan is to buy one new loaded server to start the VM infrastructure, a dedicated gigabit swich and a NetApp FAS2020.
My question is if I virtualize all these services (except maybe Citrix), add a few more non I/O intensive VMs and upgrade to a W2k8 DC with Exchange 2010 migration will the entry-level NetApp filer with two gigE ports support the entire infrastructure? SQL Server load is low (our database is only 2.5 gigs).