I would like the input of those smarter then myself on this situation. I have been asked to update my companies infrastructure which is currently a various mix 5 poweredge servers running server 2003 standard. I would say my companies biggest focus is on file storage / availability and uptime of Exchange/BES, and the hosting of our website.
I have spoke with Dell about upgrading my systems and they want to sell me a san, and 3 r610's with 24GB of Ram a peice to allow me to virtualize these 5 servers into 3. My problem is their plan comes out to be about $40,000 and personally i think that is just way to much. Not money wise, but the actual infrastructure. I feel like they are selling me a high end sports car that I will no where near fully utilize. My question is...
If I deploy 1 Xserve 8 Core with 24 or 48 gb of Ram and migrate my current 5 servers to run on the Xserve virtually, is this something that would run efficiently? Am I just trying to cut corners and being cheap?
Any input on this would be great.