Recommended HW setup (RAID) for virtualization
Posted on 2011-09-08
I've done some virtualization at home with VMware ESXi, but have never used VMware or Hyper-V in production at any customers. I this case i will use Hyper-V.
I still feel that virtualizing 2-3 servers on on physical server should be easy enough with the right hardware.
I'm thinking a HP Proliant ML350 with two 4-core CPUs, 16 (or more) GB RAM and 8 SAS drives should be enough for 2-3 virtualized servers. What do you think? I could add another drive bay to add more hard drives though.
My question is more of how to set up these disks.
The customer needs one server running SQL, database size about 2-3gb. They need Exchange on one server and terminal services on the last one.
They have got 17-20 users.
Which RAID level is the most beneficial for me to use?
How many RAIDs should be used?
How many drives do i need for a proper setup?
I will upgrade Cache on the RAID controller and add more network adapters to match the amount of servers. Anything more i should think of?