[teknoids] Virtualizing web services enviroment

Tom Black tcblack at uark.edu
Wed Dec 8 18:01:59 EST 2010

Hi all,

I'm in the process of planning a virtualization initiative for all our web-based services.  I plan to run 3 VM applications immediately and want room to expand to maybe max 5 more in the future.  Each application will have its own function, but none will ever be tasked heavily for any extended period of time.  I have faith in the VMWare product line but I'm not sure what's overkill or under-powered.  Does anybody have experience with VMWare server products specifically "Workstation" and/or "vSphere"?

My server specs:
Dell Poweredge 2950, 8-core Xenon, 8GB Ram, RAID-5 10Krpm SCSI, VMWare ESXi capable hardware, RedHat Enterprise Linux 5.5

My VM requirements (applications):

1.       RedHat Enterprise Linux, cPanel, 10-20 Apache virtual hosts, up to 20 MySQL databases

2.       Fedora 13, Zoneminder Security Camera DVR, SAN-iSCSI (storage on offline dedicated server)

3.       RedHat Enterprise Linux project management and web development server

4.       Up to 5 more applications running various light duty work

My question is, based on the scope of our requirements, could I just run headless application instances on VMWare Workstation or would vSphere be the better choice?

Tom Black
Web Services
University of Arkanas School of Law
173 Waterman Hall
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-2100
FAX: (479) 575-7442

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