Hi, we receive files 24/7 streaming to us on a custom Window application. Each product that streams to us requires a separate Windows XP Pro station and each product has a separate login on the same app. We currently have three WinXP stations because we have three main products we receive files for.. The client has recently enabled our location to receive two additional products for a total of five. Ideally, we would like to have five XPPro stations setup 24/7, but we only have three physical stations and we are reluctant to keep scaling hardware, so we have resorted to scheduling file downloads for the low volume products by logging out and logging in to the two new products to receive files and then logging back into the original product logins.
My question is, would be possible/cost effective to have a single hardware server hosting 5-7 WinXP stations? The specs per station are fairly low:
high GHz P4 or a mid-range XP Pro desktop from say 3-4 years ago with 3-4GB Ram + 40-80GB C drives, with 100T NIC cards.
Is building a VMWare Server logical to consider. To me, it seems like a new multicore server could virtualize a handful of out-dated XP Pro stations. Has anyone out there build a server like this to host several windows XP stations that will be running 24/7? Just mostly curious if this is a sound approach- would be great to reduce hardware and place entire project in a rack.