Wishing you all a great 2014. I hope this is the right section.
Basically we have a Dell Poweredge R520 server in our office, and we now want to install some accounting software that can be accessed remotely. Our local IT company is telling us that a new, separate server is needed for "Security reasons". It has been a really tough year for us, if this can be done on a software level, it would be great! I put forward an example of what Amazon does to see his reply.
Its running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and is currently used for access control, as well as shared folders. It is completely under utilized for the specification, as we purchased it for future proofing reasons.
My questions is:
1) How easy would it be to setup a protected space for the Accounting software (Pastel) and what software would be needed? 2) Would you advise a separate server, or software based solution?
Here is his reply FYI:
"Happy new year too, wishing you all the best in 2014,
I think xxx has not explained what he wants to say well, so let me put it this way which I totally agree with him,
To have a virtual serves on one server, is quite very easy, like as u said, companies like amazon and others, have more than 100 virtual server on one physical server,
But if we are running one or two or three virtual server on one physical server, total cost of ownership is totally different, and disadvantages are many
To make any of the available servers run as a virtual host, we will need to buy Vmware Vshpere ESX license for it, which will cost not less than 5k USD along with the appropriate control software, that is excluding additional special backup softwares needed which might cost also around 2k USD,
Also, some of the disadvantages which we might face if we move the virtual environment, are as the following:
1- High risk of physical failure, what if the server crashed down, or at least the hard disc crashed down, by then we will lose instead of one server, 3 or 4 at the same time, which can make total breakdown of the whole operations
2- The above can be avoided, if we do two physical servers to live synchronize, but this also comes with a huge amount of spending on licenses, which can exceed 25k USD to apply it..
3- Performance of the virtual will not be the same as the physical one,
4- Very complicated to manage, in such a way that not any one can manage the servers, unless my team will be always controlling it, or I have to deploy one of the IT techs. to be always available !
As a conclusion, I advise that we user physical server for now, and if there is any future major upgrade consideration, then the Virtual environment can be studied well and considered,"
Your help would be greatly appreciated!