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    Gday All,
    Currently doing some research for a solution to consolidate our 6 or so servers using VMware. We are looking to implement HA, DRS and VMotion. Our budget for the hardware is about $30K AUD and we currently have 10 users.

    We have the following server roles to consolidate and they are running on various ESX hosts with local storage and physical servers at present
    DC (100GB data)
    Exchange (9GB Mailbox Store, PF 0GB)
    BES (2 Devices currently no more than 5)
    SQL (2 databases, 1 MSP app)
    Web (2 web applications, 1 MSP app)
    TS (Max 2 simultaneous users)
    VCS (To manage ESX hosts)

    Based on our small user base, direct attached SAS should suffice. Moving forward we are looking at moving into virtual hosting to provide our customers with hosted application solutions and will probably role this out with VMware View so we should make provision for this.

    Initially we would aim to install this hardware locally however as we convert customers to our hosted solution would require to move this to a data centre purely based on bandwidth requirements.

    With this in mind we are considering a blade solution to
    A - Ensure smallest footprint as possible
    B - Ensure expandability

    That said we have come up with the following solutions and would appreciate any feedback or advice you can offer in relation to these products.

    Each host has the following specs
    24GB RAM (6 x 4GB modules)
    2 x 72GB SAS 15K HDD RAID 1 - For ESX install
    2 x Xeon Quad Core 95W 2.66GHz/1333MHz CPU

    Each storage has the following specs
    Dual Controller model
    5 x 450GB SAS 15K 3.5" HDD RAID 5 (1.8TB storage)

    Option A - IBM ($9K More)
    2 x IBM X3650 M2 Servers
    1 x DS3200 SAS Storage Array Dual Controller
    Blade Centre S Chassis
    2 x HS22 Blades

    Option B - HP ($4K More)
    2 x HP DL380 G6 X5550 Servers
    1 x 2012SA DC Modular Smart Array

    Option C - Dell (Best Price)
    2 x Power Edge R710 Rack Mount Servers
    1 x Power Vault MD3000 with HA solution

    Would like to thank anyone that takes the time to offer advice, its all clear as mud as we slowly battle through the design phase.


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    Re: Evaluating HP, Dell, IBM Solutions for small VMware deployment

    The direct attached MSA2000 series in SAS with Dual Controllers seem to work pretty well for small 2 node ESX setups.

    Where are your prices from?

    Also, between HP and Dell, go with the one that gives you the best support in your experience. The difference isn't incredibly huge, though I don't know the differences in the performance levels of the storage array...
    VCP on vSphere (4), MCITP:EA/DBA, MCTS:Blahblah