Virtualizing Office Enviroment

Hello All,

I'm thinking of moving our Office environment to a data center.

I'm doing some research into rack mount servers and how to future proof the setup

One thing I have come across is that Server 2012 supports up to 64 physical processors..

I've never seen a server support more than two physical processors..

My question is, do you link two physical servers to utilize both servers hardware on one OS and if so how?
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Mark GalvinManaging Director / Principal ConsultantCommented:

Can you provide more information on the brief of what you are trying to achieve?

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What you do is have the same applications and setup on a farm of servers, all delivering the same service e.g. remote applications, or physical (virtual desktops)

this can be done using Remote Desktop Services or Virtual machines.

see these links

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NPProjectsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for this Andrew, I'll take a look at these documents.

Mark, I am thinking of possibly hosting our own 'Cloud' environment for ourselves and potentially some of our customers such as a RDP server for a customer. This would need to be able to grow otherwise we'll be swapping out servers every month for better ones. I've seen that Server 2012 supports 64 Physical processors but what I don't understand is how can you get 64 Physical processors on one 'OS' when most servers only support up to 2 Physical processors.

Any help is greatly appreciated
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Mark GalvinManaging Director / Principal ConsultantCommented:

Most of the big hardware vendors can supply server hardware that support more than 2 physical cores. Take the HP ProLiant DL980 G7 Server!tab=features 
Expandable 8 socket server configurable with up to 80 processor cores

To host your own 'cloud' system that will enable the hosting of apps and data for internal & external use will take lots of planning especially if you want to future proof the system for expansion.

Do you have a an idea of user numbers? Do you have a budget?

To give an example, I worked on a project in 2010 for a client. They came up with a concept where they 'white labelled' a Citrix XenApp platform. They want to give their clients a completely hosted system where the client had access to:
Office productivity suite
Data storage
File sharing
Multiple platform access (i.e. from windows, MAC, iOS etc.)
Clients would have their own 'bubble system' that was not 'aware' of other clients on the system

The end product was a two server system (one DC with Exchange 2010 Hosted + one Citrix XenApp server). Their own hardware hosted in a data center in the UAE (more reasons than I care to share here why UAE). The system was setup out to host up to 70 users. It has worked perfectly for the client and in fact, not only are they using it for clients they have now 'off shored' some of their internal apps to the same cloud.

This is called a private cloud.

What you did to do is work out what you want to provide and for how many users - initially and going forward. Then work out the best way forward.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Depends on the Operating System you select, as to how many processors it can use.

Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition supports up to 64 sockets
NPProjectsAuthor Commented:
Excellent example of a system that were looking at with links to more appropriate hardware
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