Entry level Virtualization soultion
Posted on 2010-09-22
My company is looking to buy new servers. I suggested we dive into the world of VMware, especially seeing how robust the free ESX version has become. I want to virtualize an SQL server, Cognos application server, and a few lower end servers running various applications. All together I estimate about 6-7 virtual servers. I would love to spend the money on a SAN, but we cannot budget that at this time. My next option seems to be local storage, this is what I have setup so far, let me know what you think and/or make suggestions:
(2) IBM System x3650 M2 7947 Server - rack-mountable - 2U - 2-way - 2 x Xeon X5570 / 2.93 GHz - RAM 24 GB - SAS - hot-swap 2.5"
(16) Hard drive - 146 GB - hot-swap - 2.5" SFF Slim - SAS-2 - 15000 rpm
(2) IBM NetXtreme II 1000 Express Network adapter - PCI Express x4 - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet - 10Base-T, 100Base-TX,1000Base
We are not really a large company, but our Business Intelliogence application is very demanding, plus I feel the servers provide enough scalibilty for a SAN solution down the road. Is this an ideal setup for about 6-7 servers? 8X 146 GB 15K drives provided just under a Terabyte at RAID 5, this will be enough for storage.
Let me know what you think! THANKS!