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ESX 4 Hardware Choice DELL 1855 Blades or IBM HS20 Blades?

Last Modified: 2012-05-09
At the moment i have a DL385 G2 but it can't handle all my VMs. I would also like to move my Domain Controller and vSphere server out of the virtualized environment (or possibly have a separate live/lab).

I have seen these 2 auctions which i'm considering:

DELL 1855 Blades (x10) w/ Chasis Enclosure http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380236876535&ssPageName=ADME:X:eRTM:US:1123#ht_3228wt_1139
IBM HS20 Blades (x14) w/ Chasis Enclosure http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380236916146&ssPageName=ADME:X:AAQ:US:1123#ht_4423wt_1139

I have a feeling both are 64bit but neither have the virtualization technology required to run 64bit guest o/s. Am i correct?

I think the Dell chasis may be capable of holding 1955 blades so upgrading a few in the future might be an option?

Would you recommend a blade solution for ESX? It seems to be a lot cheaper than separate rackmount servers (and hopefully less noise/power/space required).

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