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building a cheap virtual host for 3 windows server VM guests

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VMwareVirtualizationWindows Server 2012
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I'm trying to build a cheap virtual host machine with desktop components.
I will buy AMD 8 core cpu and 32gb ram and Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 motherboard. Then it will host 1 windows 8 server for testing and 2 windows 2003 server converted from physical servers which used to be our file/application servers, but we retired, we only keep them as reference purpose.

So, now I have to decide what virtualization I use.
ESXi
virtualbox on windows 7/8
hyper-v on windows 8
vmware workstation

If I run server OSs on top of windows 7/8, how the number of concurrent connections more than 10(?I think it was 10...) are handled? Will it block at the host level or VM is transparent no matter what OS is hosting the VM?

I also have Windows 2012 server running one VM server. If I want to use this desktop level server as live migration for failover, will it work if I use hyper-v with Windows 8?

What's benefit of ESXi using instead of hyper-v windows 8 or MS hypervisor?

I have used virtualbox and vmware workstation, but these two seem to be out of my choices than hyper-v windows 8 or ESXi....

Besides, what is your backup strategy of your virtual machines other than snapshots?

Any comment, welcomed.