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    k.jacko
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    Hi all,
    been getting emails more often touting virtualisation and i think its about time i looked more into it.

    I’d basically like to know (considering our current company setup) if virtualisation is a worthwhile step.

    Our CLIENT/SERVER I.T. infrastructure consists of:

    1 x DC (2003 Std R2 SP2, running BES with 12 users)
    1 x DC (2003 Std R2 SP2, running CRM, SOPHOS)
    1 x Storageserver (storageserver 2003, 1.3TB of useable data)
    8 bay tape autoloader attached to storageserver
    1 x Server 2008 running Exchange 2007 SP2
    2 x Terminal Server (2003 Std R2 SP2, office 2007 and other stuff etc)

    Domain consists of approx. 30 client desktops (XP Pro) that vary from old durons/celerons to P4’s, using TS, to C2D, working locally (for cad designers).
    Approx. 30 laptops that work both in the office and remotely, using mostly TS.

    Over half of our client pc’s would need to be replaced if we upgraded our client OS to Vista or Win7. Also as they are older, they have 10/100 nics in them, and thus slows down our gigabit network.

    2mbit MIA Leased line.

    Would/could virtualisation help if integrated into our network?
    If so, how? What are the benefits? Realistic cost savings?

    I’ll be reading more about virtualisation, but am still terribly uneducated about it. So any adivce would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks :)

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