We're in the planning/development stage for our new platform and with everything separated out we'll need to setup between 9 to 16 servers, a load balancer, 2 or 3 hardware firewalls, and a VPN.
During development we need to simulate all of this as cheaply as possible. Ideally I'd like to be able to setup a single machine with a lot of RAM and virtualize all of this to figure out what works and what doesn't.
What are my better options as far as virtualization? VMWare? Other? How can I virtualize all the appliances as well?
The appliances our data center offers: Cisco ASA 5510 (firewall), Foundry FCSLB8 Serveriron XL (load balancer)
(We'll be running CentOS 6 64bit on our servers)
Looking for something super easy. Something that will help me learn the real environment for later on.