Could any advertisers come up with a quote for a server to host 4 x virtual machines on VMWare ESX 4.0. We're looking at all brands, 12GB+ of RAM or so, doesn't need huge storage space but the capability to expand via SAS drive would be good. Needs RAID 5. The virtual machines will be a print server, a Windows based web-server (quite an I/O intensive app), a small database server, and a backup domain controller (total storage used by all these servers atm is only 20GB or so, but some breathing room would be good).
Any decent deals going?
Have both Dell and HP have, both have been excellent so happy to see what you can do. I didn't give a budget - it's tight, perhaps £2000? I know it's very limiting, as I say we don't need mega storage or performance, just something expandable and fairly modern!
linescanner (Andy Trevor) is the man on here, they are specialists in Green Computing which is all integrated with Virtualisation, Thin Clients etc They supply Sun kit which I know is good stuff, just waiting for financial approval then I can start thinking harder as i know what cash I actually have rather than my imaginary pots! Sun also every so often do a thing called Match Grant (search edugeek for it and you will find posts about it) and that is basically buy one get one free on a simple level (there are Terms and Conditions with that though and some paperwork)
Thanks for the replies. I'm happy to set the server up myself, setting up the RAID, installing ESXi, then popping the virtual machines onto it, so not sure a tailored solution would give me the best value. Would be interesting to see what base hardware that sort of budget would get me, or even to see what I can build from parts.
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