Necessary VMWare version

(As a bit of a preamble, the situation I am asking about is to deal with a very specific set of circumstances, and would take a couple of pages to explain. I am just looking for an answer to the question.)

I would like to setup a server that would have the capacity to run 8-10 VMs, each running Windows 7. This would be a dedicated, stand-alone server that would only serve this purpose. I would like the ability to manage all of the VMs from one console, and would like the ability to create new images (clones) on the fly.

Thinking about getting a two quad-core processors, lots of RAM, the usual stuff.

What version of VMware will I need to get? Essentials? Do I need to get Plus?
tnormanAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware vSphere Essentials at $600 (approx) is all you need.

Plus will not benefit you with a single server, and NO SAN! (shared storage!)
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tnormanAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Andrew. Will I be able to do the cloning with Essentials? i.e. make up one image, and then just copy it 6 times?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, it supports CLONING (vCenter Server!)
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tnormanAuthor Commented:
Perfect. Thanks for that.
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