Looking to spec a new VIRTUAL server machine for a new corporate client. Currently, their server is hosted on a local box - a 32gb Proliant DL380 G6 ( 2 x 2.80Ghz X5560 Quad Core ) running Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, configured drives - C: 535Gb, D: 465Gb [ Yes, those drive sizes are a bit suspicious aren't they, and yes turns out that they're partitions of the same drive. :-( ]
Head office IT, not that FM friendly, wants to 'rationalise' servers through the company. They're used to SAP and Oracle instances, and are moving all departments over to a centralised server farm of virtual machines.
They've tried running FM on a VM in the past and have hit issues with write speeds to disk. I'm not sure if this was an NAS issue or just the security layers of shared storage from VMs.
Given the expected issues with network latencies (yep, the server will be located 4 European countries away !) are there any suggestions for the sort of scale factor they should be applying to processors & memory, or possibly some specific disk access limits they could specify that might ameliorate the performance hit?