I would like to build a VMWAre lab for testing and learning purposes. I have a budget of 1000$ and I was wondering if someone could give me some advise about what hardware will be the best fit.
My idea is to get a powerful PC with 8 to 10 GB of RAM (HP Pavilion P6140f). I would also like to get an iSCSI device (QNAP TS-210 Turbo OR TeraStation™ Duo - TS-WXL/R1). Originally I thought using OpenFiler or other iSCSI software emulators but a real iSCSI device will really increase the performace.
I was also thinking about installing VMWare workstation and then create the VShepere server, I want to have to so I can test with VMotion, HA, etc...
Has anyone attempted to do this before? Is this setup feasible?
Could someone advise about other hardware that will fit my budget? Or provide any ideas about other different approach?