Hi! I'm the Sys Admin for a small (50 employees) company. We're currently running off of a couple of Dell 2850s, a 6600 for SQL and a few other various machines for web server, intranet, etc. We recently partnered with a new company. They are pushing me to setup a blade server (mostly because they can get the equipment cheap due to the decline in the industry) to save space, less cabling, etc.
My argument is that we are too small (currently only 50 people) with estimated growth not more than 250 over the next two years. We will have remote users as well...perhaps 50-100.
My only experience with a blade server was seven years ago and it was not a good one. My personal recommendation is to acquire some more 2850s (as backup DC and Exchange boxes, web servers, etc.) and forego the blade server/VMware/SAN solution. Not only for reasons of cost and learning curve, but because...well, if it ain't broke, don't fix it....and the space we're saving isn't going to be tremendous...and cleaner cabling is just not a good enough reason to switch up our entire network configuration.
What is your opinion?
Thank you in advance...I really appreciate it.
August 4, 2008 6:09 PM
August 14, 2008 4:40 PM