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Enterprise Virtualization

Postby pr0phetik_dreamz » Sun Dec 14, 2008 7:39 pm

Heya y'all.

I'm working on laying some groundwork and documentation for enterprise virtualization for my company.

Right now my options are:

  • VMWare ESX Server
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Citrix XenServer

I'm leaning towards VMWare ESX right now. This is specifically for consolidation of about 28U's to hopefully a 4U blade server. We've got 3 database servers, 2 file servers, 1 cron job server, 5 web servers, and 1 test server for a total of 12 servers in all. Hopefully we shall put this on 2 octa-core Xeon blades with 32GB of FB-DIMM apiece, since I'm going to have to take a closer look at projected CPU/RAM usage. I'd like to keep it under 70% utilization to have some cushion space. Storage will be localized for now, but I'm trying to strongly push the company towards a managed SAN.

Any of you enterprise guys have any input? :D
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Re: Enterprise Virtualization

Postby Feyd Rautha » Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:36 am

Pretty much the only thing mature enough for that kind of thing is going to be vmware.
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Re: Enterprise Virtualization

Postby St0nkingByte » Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:10 am

We are having very good luck with Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/v ... fault.aspx

Several of my guys have done the VMWare ESX stuff in the past and they all think SCVMM is to die for.

Of course I also have to ask why do your own virtualization at all, we gotcha covered:

http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/


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Re: Enterprise Virtualization

Postby pr0phetik_dreamz » Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:42 pm

For now, I tend to feel that VMWare has the most mature technology in the field. I like XenServer, but .... blah.

Hyper-V is pretty cool IMHO, but not mature enough. Perhaps if I researched it further and found some killer app for it. I don't intend on having my head roll just yet.
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Re: Enterprise Virtualization

Postby Pykl » Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:41 pm

Well I'm sure we can't have some server running around with a groucho mustache spouting off one liners.
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Re: Enterprise Virtualization

Postby pr0phetik_dreamz » Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:00 pm

I got ahold of a XenApp license and HOLY COW. It's actually pretty awesome!

Now, there's the headache part of whether or not to choose separate vendors or go with just one.
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