I'm looking to replace 2x aging servers in a small branch office. 1 is a DC and 1 a file server.
I'd like to do high availability on a small budget, and in my mind I have 2 scenarios:
- Run ESXi on both, with vSphere Storage Appliance. Have 1x DC VM and 1x file server VM.
- Run ESXi free on both, no vSphere Storage Appliance. Have a DC and file server on each, and use DFS on all file server data for high availability.
VSA seems easy enough, and I have tons of experience with DFS, so from a technical point of view I don't really have strong leanings either way. When you boil it down the difference between these setups is the additional licensing cost to run vSphere Storage Appliance.
My real question is therefore this: is there any compelling technical reason that the solution involving VSA would be better in this instance?