I suspect this has been covered in depth before, so please direct me if so.
I've been running VMWare server on an XP 64 platform for a while and while it's ok, I'd like to migrate to a hypervisor configuration. My preference is to use the free VSphere product until I get it stable, then pay for the extra features I'd like to have.
While there are many good companies who offer ready-made servers, my preference is to build my own. My target load is under 10 VMs each of which is light to moderate load. One of my hot buttons though is reliability and (eventually) failover. I've had too many issues with drive failures (even in RAID configurations), so I want that as bullet-proof as possible.
I also have a preference for SATA drives (can these be used through some kind of supported disk controller?) as they are readily available anywhere. I realize VMWare requires SCSI drives (real or virtual) but it's been a LONG time since I used one.
While budget is a concern, it's not the primary issue driving the process.
If you were building this what would you pick, and why? I find VMWare's HCL menu system rather obtuse.
Thanks very much!