I'm very new to all this so please go easy on me! I'm wondering whether you can run a NAS and virtualization with XenServer on the one box.
Basically, we need virtualization and we've picked XenServer over ESXi because XenServer seems to work on our commodity hardware. The box is a Core 2.66Ghz with 8Gb RAM. I need to virtualize Windows 2003, Windows 2008, Windows 2000 and CentOS.
I also need to accomodate for 2.5Tb worth of disks (500s and 750Gbs) which houses our data (mostly scratch/temporary files). Forgetting performance issues (the business is very small 3-5 people max) do you think XenServer is OK to do this?
Or do you think Xen+CentOS (+LVM XFS) may be better? I just want to make sure that the VMs are always available and that the NAS component is solid, they only have one machine to designate as a server.