Recommendations for virtualisation server
Speccing a new server that is intended to virtualise a few older servers, and provide capacity for a few new ones.
Looking at a Dell R710, 2x Xeon E5540 2.52Ghz, 24GB 1066Mhz DDR3, and as for drives? Thats the bit Im not sure on
For the last few servers I've started buying SATA drives to save money as they provide adaquate performance for a file server. But should I be looking at 10-15K SAS drives for this, or stick with SATA? Capacity is still important, we dont have a SAN, so there needs to be plenty of space, though I'm not planning on running any major file servers or big databases on any VM's, would rather keep them to physical boxes (or would they be ok?)
Also is the initial spec too high/not high enough?
Its all slight guesswork at the minute, because although I know the 2 servers I want to migrate to it (print/sophos and my PCE server) I dont know what will be needed after that.
I would like to virtualise one DC, as both of ours are out of warranty and could do with replacement. I've seen arguments for and against this, so whats the consensus? I would still keep one on a physical box.
Finally, is Hyper-V as good as MS say? I havent got any compatible (spare) hardware to try it out here. And VMware is a bit beyond our budget I think, especially as none of us have much experiance in it