Hyper-V and virtulization vs SBS 2011 Standard
Posted on 2013-11-10
I am at a crossroads of upgrading my server. Currently, I have a Dell PowerEdge 2900 which is just over four years old and paid for. It is running SBS 2008 Standard on a RAID 1, which is running out of space. It has five drives in a RAID 5, one of them a hot spare.
I just want some advice given I have a small business with only nine clients running Win 7 Pro. I have used SBS 2003 and 2008, so I am rather familiar with them. So, without getting into purchasing a new Dell server, I am trying to decide between SBS 2011 Standard, which, of course, comes with SharePoint and Exchange or using Server 2012 and hyper-v with virtualization. My guess is if I went with the latter, I would probably hire an IT company to set it up as I have never installed that before.
What would be the advantage of virtualization, which I know how many, vs sticking with something that has worked for me for seven years. If I do get a new server, I am toying with the idea of using SSDs for the OS, but I am wondering if they are ready for prime time.
Again, I don't expect you to be able to know what I need, I am just wondering given Microsoft's choice to stop SBS and everything moving toward virtualization, where I should go.