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I want to use the resources of two servers to create an integrated platform for creating virtual machines. I need the best software to monitor and assist with the installation of virtual machines. And finally to know how a switch, router, NAS and security can be integrated. The network will run different software for remote online working and collaboration where documents are generated and shares. The network will also use cloud resources. All hardware will be in one central location.
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Rich Weissler earned 2000 total points
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Taking this in pieces:
> I want to use the resources of two servers to create an integrated platform for creating virtual machines.
You'll want to install a hypervisor operating system on each of the two servers.  The primary two which initially come to mind are VMWare and Hyper-V, but there are others... including RedHat's and Citrix's, as well as others.  I really only know the first two.

> I need the best software to monitor and assist with the installation of virtual machines.
Each vendor's product will have their own native tools for creation of guest machines, as well as monitoring.  VMWare will sell you applications in the VSphere suite, and Microsoft the System Center suite (VMM, SCCM, SCOM specifically).

> And finally to know how a switch, router, NAS and security can be integrated.
Physical switches, routers, NAS devices and security appliances would just be on the same network.  Virtual switches are also built into each of the virtual environments.  Other virtual devices can be added as guest machines or as virtual appliances.

> The network will run different software for remote online working and collaboration where documents are generated and shares.
I do not understand this statement.  Do you mean that other devices on the same network will provide remote access and file share capabilities?  If that's the case, that's fine.

> The network will also use cloud resources. All hardware will be in one central location.
Also fine.  Whether you use cloud resources or not, and whether the hardware is in one location or many, doesn't change anything that has been said earlier.

I can't find an question.  I believe you are asking for a recommendation for a best solution.  Unfortunately, at this time, there is only a solution which could work best for you.  I'm going to advocate for VMWare or Microsoft's solutions, because (1) those are the ones which work for me, (2) with which I'm most familiar, and (3) are the leading players in the market.  Assuming the virtual machines will be Windows Servers and Linux servers, either should work fine for you.
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Thanks greatly for you expertise.  Just to explain a little better what I meant by:
> The network will run different software for remote online working and collaboration where documents are generated and shares.

The network I want to build will be used in an environment which would be similar to project management but with no physical office. Everything will be done online, remotely. Applications used will either be compatible with MS Server 2012 or a popular Linux.

Thanks in advance.
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by:mc2explore
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Rick made every  effort to ensure that I gained useful information from the exchange.
It was greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
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