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Does it make sense to virtualize a small business server

We are upgrading to Essentials 2012 so at this point the decision has come up whether to virtualize it with something like Vmware hypervisor or not. We lifted email from the server and put it into Office before this upgrade so the server will act basically as a file server and quickbooks host. If we virtualize we may find hardware upgrades easier in the future and recovery from a disaster would be faster. But performance may suffer (only drawback I can really think of)

Its an HP dual core xeon something, 4GB ram. About 10 users in the office. Is it smart to virtualize it at this point?
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Yes the ram is lacking, I'm not sure why they ordered it with only 4GB (before my time). Surely that would be fine just running the single Essentials vm?
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Why is 16GB the minimum rather than 8GB? I just think its interesting that is the number multiple people state.
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I'm considering dropping down to SBS 2011 essentials which itself is cheaper and requires less ram. They also both seem to fit in the same market niche. Good/bad idea? They both seem to have the same function.
Just another perspective, though I think the answer has been a resounding YES, VIRTUALIZE - Change the question - Is there a reason you SHOULDN'T virtualize?