Greg Helledy on 6 Nov 2017 10:08:20 -0800

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[PLUG] small business server virtualization?

Does the overhead of virtualization make sense for small organizations? We have various applications running on two physical servers and run into the situation where two or more applications need Apache so configuration of one potentially interferes with configuration of another. And likewise, upgrades or maintenance of one application require the server to be taken offline for a while, cutting off access to others. Can it make sense to virtualize so that each application has its own OS instance, which can be powered on and off, upgraded, etc. independently, for a small business?

It looks like VMWare's vSphere Essentials would run us $500 or so a year, is it worth it to pay that? What's the best alternative as a bare-metal hypervisor, Xen? KVM is a no-go because we have to be able to do Windows servers, too.
Greg Helledy
GRA, Incorporated
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