Mixed definitions exist of what small and medium sizes business are.<br />From the Vendor perspective, it may be based upon employee size, budgets, purchases, or other factors.<br />From the organizations perspective it may be based upon their current size or future plans for growth.<br />What makes an organization a SMB?<br />
They don’t have as large as budgets as bigger companies<br /><ul><li>As Steve Herrod, CTO of VMware stated during VMworld ½ of the world’s IT budgets are from Small and Medium sized businesses.</li></ul>They don’t require ‘enterprise class’ features.<br />Their infrastructures are not as redundant or capable as larger companies.<br />Common Misconceptions of SMB<br />
Crookston Farms has requested a solution to assist them in the upgrade of their existing 7 physical servers. <br /><ul><li>All of the hardware they are currently using is not on the HCL for vSphere 5
They have purchased 2 brand new hosts that are on the HCL for vSphere 5
After talking further they like the idea of a shared storage model. They like the simplicity of HA in the event of a host failure if the price is right.
A capacity planner is run and reveals that they can consolidate all 7 of their physical servers onto one vSphere host if necessary. </li></li></ul><li>How much storage is already in the servers?<br />Are the existing physical server 64 bit capable to deploy vCenter on?<br />What are the RTO/RPO requirements?<br />Are there remote replication requirements?<br />How much money do they have to spend?<br />What are the requirements for ease of management?<br />How much storage do they require in total?<br />VSA Design Scenario<br />
VSA Design Constraints<br />Host must have:<br /><ul><li>6 GB Memory minimum with 24 GB recommended