Virtualizing with current hardware
I'm looking at trying to split some of the workload from the main server into virtual machines and some additional roles so that when I need to do some maintenance it only affects a small area and doesn't involve taking down the whole server.
I currently have an NEC Expression 5800 with dual Xeon E5504 and a separate storage server which is just acting as a NAS at the moment which is an Intel SSR212MC2RBR. I was wondering if I added a second Expression 5800 could I use the Intel storage server as a SAN and virtualize my machines?
If I was going to do this, what software would I be best to use? The servers are both currently running Server 2003 but I would really like to get them onto 2008R2. I was looking at the free XENserver as it can do a P2V during install which will save a lot of work.
Thanks in advance