Virtualizing 7 Servers with VMware
Posted on 2011-09-16
I am looking at virtualizing an environment that includes 7 servers with VMware.
4 PowerEdge 2900’s, 2 PowerEdge 1900’s, 1 ProLiant ML350
All 2900 = 16GB of RAM, 1900’s = 4GB of RAM, Proliant ML350 = 4GB of RAM
I am considering using VSA to accomplish this and using Dell Servers, possibly a r510 or r710. Currently we are not using more than 2TB of storage collectively. I am trying to figure out if I need to go with 2 or 3 servers. We want to be redundant but I want to keep the price down as low as possible so, a SAN is probably out of the question right now. What kind of specs should I go for in order to accomplish this task? I want it to work and work really well but I want to do so without breaking the bank. Is Essentials plus the best package to go with? I also would like to add that I do have 2 remote servers that I’m considering moving to the main location. This means I will also need a terminal server for those users to access those machines. The total number accessing the TS would be around 25 to 30 users. I’m open to any and all suggestions so please feel free to inquire.