Need like-minded opinions on SAN/Virtualization
Posted on 2014-07-14
I'm about a quarter of the way through a Virtualization project. I've settled on a SAN that we can afford, Netapp FAS2552HA with 14TB usable. However now I'm at the VM point.. We use hyper-V, Vmware ESXi and XenServer in house and I want to consolidate all of those into a pay for application that we have support on.
Due to popularity and reliability I'm looking at Vmware. I have $100k for this project.. so the SAN is going to eat about $70k of that. So for the remainder $30k.. I'd be looking at the licensing for Vmware itself.. plus the hypervisor hosts correct? I want to make sure that I'm not overlooking something here.. so I'm thinking 3 physical servers for the hosts, using the SAN with an iSCSI lun for backend storage.
We currently have between 10 and 15 virtual machines, we'd be looking at converting an additional 10-15 after this is done.
So I should take a tally of the resources allocated to current VM's, Plus what would be allocated to future VM's and verify that the new Host units would be able to meet that.