My work place is looking to adopt a wide range of data protection policies regarding the secure use and transfer of data, i've had a quick scan through and a lot of them we can't adopt simply because we don't have the hardware in place. We use Office365 which doesn't give us the monitoring capabilities and control as an Exchange server, so we'll want that.. we may also want a VPN (or some secure remote logging in system?) with RSA authentication and we currently have 2 servers at the moment so it could quite quickly turn into a mess.
I must admit i'm not 100% clued up on virtualisation or best practices when it comes to something of this size so i'd like to have a bit more reading under my belt for when the data manager starts asking questions.
I believe i be looking at something like hyper-v (although i dont know much about it) with a view to bring down the number of physical servers and run the DC, Exchange, VPN, etc.. all off the same physical hardware just isolated by OS?
Is this a more cost efficient method? what sort of spec are you looking at to run a DC(data/users), exchange, remote login (VPN?) with token access (RSA?).
Any advice appreciated