I'm a software developer, but I understand the benefits of virtualization.
I asked our IT guy to buy a new HP Proliant with a Smart Array controller in RAID 5. We are a very small company, so I had originally suggested XenServer because it seems to be the free one that offers more features.
He said XenServer doesn't have the drivers for the P410 controller in RAID 5 (but it recognizes the disks if not in RAID configuration) and he would have to recompile the kernel... not sure how to take that information...
So he opted for the VMWare vSphere Hypervisor (the free one), but now says that vmware requires partitioning the storage according to the number of virtual servers to be installed in that host... I find it very puzzling and against the benefits of virtualization... so how true is that?
I found the vmware website very hard to navigate and find objective information, is there a better place to go?