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Suggestions for new storage / server / hypervisor. Plan for moving forward.

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I have finally got approval to purchase a replacement for our aging ERP server.  I have done some research myself but would like some expert opinions on how to proceed.

I have attached our current setup so you can see what is going on, it is not complete but I can provide more info if needed.

My idea is to start virtualization process with the next hardware purchase.  I have thought about purchasing a SAN but most that I have quoted are in the $7000 range with drives.  The models I was looking at were configured with 6 – 600GB SAS 15k drives which, at $600 each were about half the price of the unit.  After thinking about this long and hard I determined that our forecast for data growth should be satisfied for the next 4 years or so with the 6 – 600gb drives.  I am really trying to keep the hardware cost under $7500 and the idea was to get a SAN AND an additional low end server.

This led me to the realization that maybe a SAN is not affordable for us yet and we should look at an “all-in-one” solution.  I have quoted a dell Poweredge R510 that has 12 drive slots available with 6 – 600GB drives installed for < $7000.  I would also add another 48 port switch and at least 1 additional 4 port network card for each server.

My new idea is;
1. Purchase above server
2. Install hypervisor on new server
3. Virtualize domain controller and move to New Server
4. Purchase (2 - 300GB 15K drives) and (16GB memory) for Poweredge 1900 (Old domain controller hardware)
5. Install hypervisor on PE 1900
6. Move domain controller VM back to PE1900
7. Move Sharepoint install on Esxi whitebox to new server

I would then move on to
8. Virtualize engineering server (PE 1900) and move to New server
9. Install hypervisor on PE1900
10. Move engineering server VM back to PE1900

I have been testing VMware ESXI on a test box and recently had to virtualize a failed sharepoint server to it.  That being said we have a small budget and I have spoke with several peers who seem to think that with our size and budget that Citrix Xenserver would be a better fit.  I would eventually like to leverage the replication and backup tools available and it seems that Citrix has more third party and free tools for these operations.  What would you think given our current setup?  

-      All servers have a dual port network card with one port connected to each switch

-      Two 48 port Netgear GS 748 switches

-      Dell Poweredge 1900 (Purchase 2007)
o      Dual 4 core processors (3.2Ghz – 1066Mhz FSB)
o      4GB Memory
o      Windows Server 2003
o      Services
¿      Domain Controller
¿      Exchange 2003 standard
¿      File Server
•      Home Directories
•      Public Drive
¿      BESX
o      4 - SAS 300GB 10k rpm
¿      Raid 5 array
•      C: 16GB
•      D: 821GB

-      Dell Poweredge 2600 (Purchase 2004)
o      Dual 2 core processors (2.4 Ghz – 533Mhz FSB)
o      4GB Memory
o      Windows Server 2003
o      Services
¿      SQL Server 2000
•      ERP System (M2M) 4 – 18GB DBs
o      2 – SCSI 73GB 10k rpm
¿      Raid 1 Array
¿      C:
o      4 – SCSI 146GB 10k rpm
¿      Raid 5 array
¿      D:

-      Dell Poweredge 1900 (Purchase 2007)
o      Single 4 core processor (2Ghz - 1333Mhz FSB)
o      12 GB Memory
o      Windows Server 2003 x64
o      Services
¿      SQL Server 2005
•      Autodesk Vault Server – 5 DBs (6 DB total)
•      Solidworks EPD server – 10 DBs (5GB Total)
¿      File Server
•      Engineer
¿      AV Server
o      2 SATA 250GB 10k rpm
¿      Raid 1
¿      C:
o      4 SAS 450 15k rpm
¿      Raid 10
¿      D:

-      Dell Powervault NX200
o      Single 2 core processor
o      2 GB memory
o      Windows Storage Server Basic 2008
o      Services
¿      File Server
•      Design
o      4 SATA 1TB drives
¿      Raid 5
¿      C:
¿      D:

-      Whitebox Vmware ESXi host (For testing)
o      Single 6 core processor (3.3Ghz)
o      16GB memory
o      4 – SATA 1TB drives
o      Services
¿      Sharepoint server installation
•      SQL Server 2000
•      1 16GB DB
¿      Windows 2000 terminal server
•      < 5 users
¿      Multiple test VMs
Jim Millard
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