Well as a follow up the company I work for purchased a box.
This is my 1st cell phone photo uploaded.
2 Intel E5-2665's. Total 16 cores. 2.4GHz
128GB Memory DDR3-1600
With 8 empty DIMM slots left (can you tell this is a server motherboard?)
4 1TB HDs (they still concern me.)
Intel 3500 Quad Gb NIC
2 750 watt PSs.
It's extremely quiet under light load, less so when the fans have to move air, and they certainly do.
I think there's 8 80mm fans inside the thing, and the 2 small fans in the PSs. Its a rack server but very deep.
ESXi is loaded, and so far we've only used vClient, though I believe vCenter is going to be inevitable.
We don't move VMs much or need 24/7 uptime, we do testing, and what we need is to restore to a snapshot, routinely and quickly.
We'd like to go with just Essentials licensing (4 of them, sigh) since we use VMs for testing, not for employee desktops.
Nothing on the VMware site spells out what you get. Obviously finding out the day before the 60 day trial expires is not good business practice.
We estimate we need 1GHz of 1 core to run a VM session (loaded with Windows or a Linux) so we're looking at 2.4 times 16 = about 35-40VMs concurrently.
(So far the heaviest HD activity I have seen by far is during a restore snapshot.)
They pretty much knew what they wanted, I made some recommendations (Sandy Bridge for higher memory bandwith than prior generation Xeons, DDR3-1600, and more HD's.)
They seemed to appreciate the added knowledge. At the same time I noted we could save a lot of money by not going to 16GB DIMMs and staying with 8GB DIMMS. We still
have plenty of empty slots.
I'd love to borrow it for one weekend, load just 1 Linux and fold.