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Hi,

How can I determine if the servers are good to support vmware virtualization:

4 servers with - 2.4 GHZ, 64 GHZ RAM, 12 cores cpu and intel xeon processors, also a lot of hard drive space which shouldnt be needed as we use external storage.

also, this is for failover location, so anything to consider for this?  also how do I determine if these servers are enough to support this.
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First you would check if they are supported by the VMware HCL

Check the VMware Hardware Compatability Lists HCL here

The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the detailed lists showing actual vendor devices that are either physically tested or are similar to the devices tested by VMware or VMware partners. Items on the list are tested with VMware products and are known to operate correctly.Devices which are not on the list may function, but will not be supported by VMware.

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

Memory is always the bottleneck, before CPU, so you will run out of memory long before you use all the CPU resources.

So, is 4 x 64GB enough for all your Virtual Servers?

Also if a single server should fail,

do you have enough resources to run on 3 x 64GB

Add up all the memory required by your physical servers or existing Cluster Does it exceed you DR Cluster Total?

DR location, BANDWITH between the Production and DR site for replication!
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Also, can the clusters be different server / cpu types at the different sites, i.e. site 1 - cpu type A and site 2 - cpu type b?
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Yes, it can VMware EVC (Enhanced vMotion Compability) deals with that.
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