Minimal hardware to run Vshere at low cost

Please what is the minimal hardware i need to run Vsphere of about 4 VMware Esxi at low cost ? Does Vsphere have free or trial version?
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
What is your idea of low cost? The problem is, you need to make sure all your hardware is supported, officially or unofficially, it doesn't matter. Sure, you can install VMware on unsupported hardware and make a custom iso with the drivers injected for your motherboard/system but it's not straightforward and usually not all stable (ymmv is appropriate here)

You can check the VMware compatibility matrix to see what motherboards are supported, you could combine that with building your own system. I've build a few systems with Intel server boards which can handle 32GB memory each, if you don't need to have onboard storage it's even easier, you could use an external storage, using NFS, for your VMs (eg Synology).

The compatibility matrix can be used to check all your hardware so you are sure VMware will work without issues

Naturally you can search for complete systems as well, but then again, it's probably a bridge too far.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Is this for a lab or Production?

VMware vSphere Essentials, at approx $700, this will give you licenses for vCenter Server and 3 Host Licenses with 2 processors each.

VMware does have a FREE version - VMware vSphere Hypervisor

see my EE Articles

HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.0 (ESXi 6.0)

HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.0 (ESXi 6.0) using the vSphere Client (C# client)
NIYIOKEAuthor Commented:
It is for lab
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If it's for a lab, have you considered this:-

see my EE Article

HOW TO: Set up a lab environment for vSAN using VMware Workstation
Davy ParidaensCommented:
Hi Niyioke

Here you have the HCL list:

If you plan to make a test witebox (not for production)

Please use recomended Hardware by Vmware, if you have a problem it wil be solved better.

Things to focus on:

CPU with VT-x/AMD-v
compatible raid controller
compatible NIC

dont count on workarounds becouse it could bewhiped in the next upgrade :D


Intel, tyan, msi motherboards are on HCL
NIYIOKEAuthor Commented:
ok. I am building a budget. I heard of shuttle Barebone. Do you know about it? It costs a bit lower, about 350 pounds. Im exploring that when i get cash enough.
For ESXi6 - Asus, Gigabyte,Supermicro are on HCL so far (imagein - no Intel server boards)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
How about the HP ProLiant MicroServer Generation 8.0 ?
I agree it gives less work....

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