“Start Right” VMware Reference Architecture
It’s natural to think small when starting out with VMware. Unfortunately, for most businesses this strategy costs you more in both money and resources than a “Start Right” strategy. Thinking small means you will fail to get the full benefits from the virtual infrastructure while investing people resources to build your environment. And while VMware pricing can be confusing and it’s not always obvious what benefits you receive, take the time to learn what kind of investment is right for your business. We can help you with this important process.
This Start Right VMware Reference Architecture gives you the basic framework that allows your virtualization platform to scale without wasted investments in throw-away servers.
- ESX Servers – Quantity Two of the same server type. This allows you to move your virtual machines from one ESX host to the other for a variety of reasons including maintenance and performance.
- Virtual Center – Quantity One. This machine allows you to manage the ESX Servers properly. Small businesses can often run Virtual Center on an existing machine while larger organizations should dedicate a machine for this purpose.
- Optional External Storage – Even if you can not afford this storage initially, you should consider it during the design and budget for it in the next 6-9 months. After you get started with VMware, you’ll want external storage to take full advantage of VMware features.
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