We are new to VMWare and have recently installed 3 VM's on a Dell host. Spec as follows:
Power Edge R510
Processors: 2 x 2.4 (Quad Core)
HDD: 600GB 15KRpm x 4 (RAID 5 with hot spare)
We are using vShere ESXi 4.1.0 (free version)
The 3 VM's are SBS 2003, Windows 2003 with SQL, and Server 2008 for terminal server
The local hard drive storage is used for the data store.
Despite using Backup Exec, I would like to enhance our backup solution by moving to vSphere Essentials and using the 3rd party backup facitiy to backup the VM's to a NAS (TeraStation Pro Quad WSS - WS-QVL/R5). I am expecing this to provide an easy to restore solution in the event that the R510 encounters a failure.
Cost is an issue, but I would like an opinion on the solution we are considering. Also a recommendation on hardware if the Terastation is not a good idea.