I don't want to advertise just ourselves but... we have a couple ESXi machine's ourselves and can provide them to customers but it needs to be a custom hardware order. You'd want to get Dell hardware IMO to ensure that all the monitoring features work, it's annoying having RAID but not being able to monitor it because ESXi doesn't support the card.
I would imagine that most dedicated server providers would be happy to arrange this. All you would have to do is sign up on their site and get the key to give to the provider.
I don't see why providers wouldn't offer ESXi. We have at least a few clients with ESXi on their machines.
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We're actually in the process of having a new design created for us... As you can tell, our site is a cluster. I will make sure to contact John to see if he can resolve the inconsistency issue on the current site though.
it's annoying having RAID but not being able to monitor it because ESXi doesn't support the card.
The Dell PERC are essentially just MegaRAID (LSI) cards. The 8704 and 8708 line of LSI cards work just the same as the Dell PERC for ESXi. I use them in my Supermicro ESXi whitebox and they work great (and show the hardware CIM monitoring in the Health pane).
The Dell stuff targeted for ESXi is overpriced IMHO unless you already buy lots of hardware from Dell and get discounts.