Originally posted by vlucas
high-end ibm servers, scsi raid / san vs cheap noname desktop w ide discs
my doubt is: a portion of a high-end reliable system or a full dedicated commodity pc?
A piece of an ESX Server deployed on a high end machine offers too many advantages over cheap 400-500 ($99.00/mo.) deds. First of all if deployed properly (SAN, Vmotion 4 proc servers etc..) Performance will just blow doors on the others. Having your data on a SAN as opposed to IDE is a no brainer, speed, redundancy and fault tolerance. Also a provider that has the SAN/ESX archetecture, can offer you point in time recoverys, and in case of hardware failure, your server can be brought up on another machine in minutes, if not seconds.
ESX is one hell of a product that is finding its way into almost every world class datacenter, the potential for hosting ESX VMs is awesome too. The only thing is, just because it is a VM does not mean it is cheap.
I for one would much Rather Share 1/16 of a Quad Xeon server for 200/month, than to pay 79.00/month for some crappy IDE server, and then have to pay extras, like backups, service etc....
ESX runs about 2500/per processor, a 1 terabyte compatible SAN will run you 25k minimum, throw in 2 Quads with 8 MB ea. minimum, Virtual Center and Vmotion, 4 HBA's and a Fibre Switch, your at 75k for a 2 server ESX SAN setup. 90% of the hosts here don't bring in that kind of $ in 2 years. But for those that could afford it, and their clients, they have a rock solid, fault tolerant extremely easy to manage system.
Also, if you know of a host with such a set up they are pros, and not some kid hosting sites on a P4 with 1 gig and a lame *** IDE drive he gets for 79/mo.
Just my 2 cents.
And yes I do own an ESX system.