I'm in the process of getting hardware to virtualize all servers with vmware ESX for a company. Looking to get a server with 2 x quad xeons, 96GB ram and space for 8 drives (thinking 600GB 15k SAS) all in 1 box
How many NICs would be sufficient and wondering what is the best practice in configuring the drives?
Looking to have the best possible I/O and performance - currently thinking of a RAID50
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Or is having a SAN a way to go?
Also does it make sense to have a file server in a virtual environment or do people find it better to leave them on dedicated hardware as there is high I/O?