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I run multiple machines to perform various tasks related to both work and personal hobbies. These machines run a combination of Linux and Windows and a variety of services ranging from Microsoft SQL server, Maria/MySql, build bots, web servers, DNS services, firewalls, and NAS etc. I'd like to combine many (or all) of these machines into a virtual environment. The idea is to get one beefy machine where I can virtualize most of my hardware.

I've not decided on a piece of virtualization software, but I'm familiar with VMWare, Xen and KVM.

What kind of server do you recommend that can perform the following:

  • Host 12 virtual machines constantly and burst to 24 for hours at a time
  • Host a combination of Windows (Vista through 10) and Linux (multiple distributions) all running at the same time
  • Have multiple network interfaces so that all the virtual machines don't share a single line. I'm thinking 4 would be appropriate, but I think I could live with only 2
  • Have storage space for 12 full virtual machines, plus templates for 8-10 other systems.
  • Contains server grade - not consumer grade - hardware
  • Estimated budget is under $8,000.
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  • Just out of curiosity, why don't you light this thing up in Azure? You only pay for what you need as you need it and it will scale when you need it to. Is there a reason you want to host it on your own hardware? – Digital Boffin Oct 22 '16 at 21:42
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For your requirements a minimum of 2 Processor(Scalable Processor) Server with 4 Ethernet and M.2 SSD support will do (Dell PowerEdge R740 Kind) and VMware® ESXi software

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    Why would be 4 eth a requirement? Why you did not write anything about the amount of the required ram? Why SSD, why not some raid/nas solution? – peterh - Reinstate Monica Apr 18 at 20:26
  • with 4 eth you can create team for network load balancing, the amount of ram required depends on what you allocate to each VM, M.2 SSD prove 25times faster than regular HDD and is recommended for host os, RAID/NAS can be used for Data Storage, Redundancy and backup solutions – vrs Apr 19 at 8:30

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