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ebatte

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I'm a long time user of Connect and Control. Next year I'm considering a hardware reconfiguration and would appreciate some advice.

I'm thinking of consolidation/virtualizing connect, control, an accounting server running windows server 2012, and maybe even Operator on a single physical server. I have a 2008 Xserve I could use for this or I could invest in new hardware. So, if I were to virtualize all 4 of these what hardware configuration advice would you have?


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mwd

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For connect the biggest issue is IO. This becomes even more critical when you're running VMs.

How many mailboxes?

I recommend Raid 10 + a good battery backup raid controller. If you use SSD then Raid 10 is less important, but again still some form of raid is good.
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ebatte

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15 mailboxes. I'll be using spinning disks for storage, considering getting a high capacity Sinology NAS for centralized storage and file sharing purposes, because we have high capacity mailboxes due to employee longevity. We are an architectural firm so we also email lots of large files around.

I should also mention that late next year we will move into our own building and so I'm looking to virtualization to simplify hardware and save on energy costs.
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sfpete

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If it's only 15 users, a simple RAID 1 (mirror) is generally fine. Use good enterprise class disks and strongly recommend it be internal or direct attached.

As mwd mentions, for higher numbers of users, RAID10 is definitely the best bet.

Aside - are you sure you want to put "all your eggs in one basket" with that many essential virtualized servers/services on that older single physical server however?

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ebatte

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No, I'm not certain I want to put everything on the xserve. That's one of the reasons I was inquiring. Any specific HW configs, off the shelf servers, etc. you would recommend?
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Don't use the Xserve. Either build something with super micro hardware or go with an OEM and have a fast internal RAID array. Put ESXi on it and you can virtualize everything.

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I think you need at least 2 esxi nodes, with an external shared storage nas or san dual controller(better) and vmware essential plus for minimal fault tolerance option.
It's crazy to put all your company servers in a single hardware.

If you can't do this, I think is better have the "old" one phisical servers for each application.
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