Our client has two enviornments one is 'Test' and the other one is 'Production'. These test and production enviornments do not talk with each other but are using our pplication in a test enviornment, and in production enviornment. Each enviornment has one application server (for our application) and one database server (for database that is bieng used by our application).
My client is going through a server consolidation and virtualization project right now and they are evaluating whether or not these application and database servers are candidates for virtualization. My client need to immediately know if they can virtualize these servers (both Application server and database server) on which we running our application and database respectively. We have other client using application virtual servers but not database server. As a general question what are the pro and cons of using virtual database and virtual application servers? In general where do we recommend it and where we don't and why? Is there any reason why a database server should not be use in Virtual enviornment? My client immediately just trying to get an idea about feasibility.
The most generic answer is "it depends". It's also not an "immediate" answer, there are a lot of factors to consider. Do your research, Google is not that hard to use.
If you need to tell your client something right away, tell them "no". The longer answer is "Virtualization is a complex environmental change that requires detailed examination throughout the entire business operation. It's not a quick fix or simple process".
If they don't find that acceptable, ask them if they consider brain or open-heart surgery the kind of thing that can be answered in 5 minutes by someone not well-versed in it.