Posted on 2010-09-22
I just found out that I need to spend about $4k today out of my budget and was considering going virtual on our servers.
We currently have a 2008 sbs server that also has BES express installed on it and a 32 bit 2003 server that serves as a file server, hosts our time clock software, QuickBooks database, intranet server, and a couple other legacy apps we currently need.
Since we are a nonprofit, we can get server licenses pretty cheap from Microsoft donation programs, so I've been excited to get into a virtual environment so I can run a separate server for each of those apps and get the BES off our SBS machine.
The 2008 sbs has a consistent load of about 40 people on it. The BES serves 6 devices currently. I figure 3 2003 and 3 2008 server instances will give me plenty of servers to distribute the rest of our apps on with room for future growth.
What kind of hardware would I need to handle that kind of load? Other than the BES, the other 6 instances I'm considering will be very lightly used.
I would like to use VMWare, but I think they are out of our price range, more than likely I will go with a Hyper-V solution.