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Setting up production environment (hardware)

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Setting up production environment (hardware)

mg_roberts
I'm trying to setup a plan to rebuild our production environment for maximum availability and performance. we have a web based application with a SQL server 2005 backend.

my main concers are:

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we have 2 beefy servers for DB. we need high speed disk storage. we will use emc san but; do i need 1 box for each server, or do i need 1 box that both servers connect to? and if only 1 box for both servers, where is the physical redundancy?

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we want to utilize new servers preinstalled with vmware infrastructure to take advantage of the HA package, but we aren't familiar with setting it up for high performance and fail over. i haven't been able to find any good resources either. anyone done this? or know where to find info on this?