Looking to implement an IT infrastructure

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I am looking to implement a full IT infrastructure to small (20-30 employees) size business
the client is not willing to spend much, so I am looking at authentication, email services (probably hosted in a thirdparty, remote access, and web infrastructure (LAMP) to host the web site (client doesnt want to host it anywhere else). I was thinking of AD,some kind of AV, VDI and virtual infrastructure to host all the services. my question is which vendor offers decent prices for a small size business for the following:

VDI - citrix ? any other suggestions ?
Virtual - I was thinking of setting up 2 server setup for redunancy with a shared storage what product would you guys recommend for this ? vmware seems a lil expensive
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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If the client is not willing to spend much, what's the budget, because you are not going to get very far using VDI - Citrix?
Depending on how much is not a lot I would suggest.

1. AD domain for authentication

2. Google apps for business for email/calendar/sharing etc. Can be used standalone or configured to work with outlook.
Or possible Microsoft's hosted email/sharepoint solution.

3. You could run ESXI 5 on 2 servers for free however you would not be able to use all the features like high availability etc on the free version. But this will let you virtualize multiple servers onto one for free and can be used with shared storage.
There are also some open source software that you can use for VDI but I cant really say much about them since Ive never used them before. Take a look at http://www.ulteo.com/home/

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any advise on shared storage appliance ? (is open filer stable enough ?)
If you use ESXi you can use either a SAN or a NAS I would just make sure that it is on the ESXI hardware compatibility list. Again what you get will depend on the budget. I know that others have created labs and dev environments using openfiler but I have never tried this in production.

Link to the VMware HCL.
http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=san
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Openfiler is slow.

I would recommend a ZFS based solution.

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