Fujitsu Server RX200S6

Hi Experts,

I am planning to buy a Fujitsu RX200S6 (1U) Server with:
CPU: Intel Xeon L5630 4C/8T 2.13 GHz 12 MB
RAM: 2 x 8 GB DDR3 1333 MHz PC3-10600
HDD: 2 x HD SATA 3G 500GB 7.2K HOT PLUG 2.5"

I will install on the above server the following software:
-Windows Server 2008
-Exchange 2010 Std
-SQL Server 2008 Std
-Norton Backup Exec
-Sophos Antivirus

The File Storage will lie on an External Storage from same manufacture know as Eternus with 5x600GB HDD (15.000rpm).
The Server will be connected to External Storage through SAS Cable.

In the near future I am planning to buy a second RX200S6 Server and add it to External storage in order to use the Virtualization option (VMware, Hyper-V etc).

Q1: Will External Storage Solution affect the read/write speed of data?
Q2: Has the above server the right qualifications for the software to be installed on him?

Q3: Do you suggest the above scenario ?

Thanks in advance!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Q1. Should be the same speed. Just make sure you purchase a good quality SAS cable.

Q2. Need more information on the number of mailboxes users for Exchange.

Q3. If you have the budget, add another CPU and more memory.

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I'd recommend to already start with installing VMware vSphere Hypervisor, and then install your 2008 server as a VM. That will save you the hassle of doing that later. Also, as long as the hardware is listed in VMware's HCL as "compatible" the VM's won't care about the underlying hardware and will run fine. After all the Hypervisor is free, it's just the additional management tools which cost, and those aren't needed to start going.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The Primergy RX200 S6 is on the VMware Hardware Compatibility List for ESX 4.1 only.

You may want to consider a server which is on the HCL for ESX and ESXi, as ESX 4.1 is end of life, and will not be developed further.

VMware ESX and ESXi 4.1 Comparison
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The 16 GB or RAM looks a bit tight for Exchange and SQL on the same box, depending on how large you Exchange store is and on your SQL database.

If you are going to virtualize, I suggest you do it from the start and to split up to server roles. Put Exchange on its own VM, and SQL on another with or without Sophos which also runs a database. Backup Exec is probably best on its own physical box depending on what you plan on using as a backup target.

I hope you mean Windows 2008 R2 and SQL 2008 R2.

If you are going to virtualize and have a cluster, you need to properly license each host node for the number of Windows VMs that it will run at any given time. If you have say two Windows VMs on a two node cluster, each node needs to be licensed for 4 Windows instances because there are 4 Windows VMs in total, and either node will run all of them when the other node is offline. Windows Enterprise and Datacenter provide some virtualization rights such that in the above scenario you would need 8 copes of Windows Standard, but only 2 of windows Enterprise, or 4 CPU Windows Datacenter. Windows VM licensing is a whole different question, but I want to make you aware of it.  
mamelasAuthor Commented:
Dear All,
Thank you for your immediate answers.

I would like to inform you that I will create 25 mailboxes for 25 Users.
I will also create 10 public folders.

My current database is 80GB on a Server with 5GB of RAM running SQL Server 2005.

Q4: So regarding RAM which is the suitable amount for my case?

I have also found the below information on HCL of VMware’s Site..(it says about ESXi)
Fujitsu - Primergy RX200 S6 - Intel Xeon 56xx Series
Supported Releases:
ESX 4.1 U11 , ESX 4.11 , ESXi 4.1 Embedded U11 , ESXi 4.1 Embedded1 , ESXi 4.1 Installable U11 , ESXi 4.1 Installable1 , ESX 4.0 U21 , ESX 4.0 U11 , ESXi 4.0 Embedded U21 , ESXi 4.0 Embedded U11 , ESXi 4.0 Installable U21 , ESXi 4.0

Q5: Which is today’s best version of VMware for Server? (I am newbie to Virtualization)
        Is it compatible with RX200 S6 server?  
        If not which Series/Model of Fujitsu do you suggest?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Must be a difference between HCL 1.0 and 2.0. I would check with Fujitsu as to supported versions of ESX. ESX or ESXi.

You may want to consider a server which is on the HCL for ESX and ESXi, as ESX 4.1 is end of life, and will not be developed further.

VMware ESX and ESXi 4.1 Comparison

So ESXi 4.1, check with Fujitsu
mamelasAuthor Commented:
Dear hanccocka,

As far as I can understand the ESXi 4.1 is the latest version of VMWare Virtualization for Servers.

I will check again with my supplier if the RX200S6 server is compatible with the above version and I will revert.

Kindly inform me about the suggested amount of RAM.
Is 16 GB enough or I should go for 24 or 32GB?

Thanks in advance!
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
24GB minimum. 32GB if you can afford it.
What used to be ESXi is now called VMware vSphere Hypervisor, but it is still ESXi at the bottom of it.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@rindi: it's still called ESXi in the HCL!
mamelasAuthor Commented:
Hi experts,

The Fujitsu supplier informed me that RX200 S6 is compatible
with the latest version of VMware (i hope he is right).

I will also follow hanccocka’s suggestion to add 32GB RAM to my Server.

Thanks guys for your multiple solutions provided.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Any more issues, just ask away.
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