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vmware with local storage

We have  vsphere essential 5.1 in a single ex host with local storage.
We are trying to implement fail over in case if there is an issue with that ex host.
We only have five VMs.
how can we active this with budget friendly storage?
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sara2000
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Purchase a NAS (Western Digital, NetGear, Synology) which supports NFS.

Add the NAS, via NFS to your single ESXi server.

You could either move and run your VMs to that storage or, just copy and backup the VMs to the storage.

In the event of failure of the ESXi host, obtain a new host, attach the storage and you can start up the VMs.
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brutuzCommented:
Depending on how much you are willing to spend..
I would suggest  buy another server and just replicate each instance of server you have on the existing ESXi server.. thats the cheapest I think but it will require a little work.
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sara2000Author Commented:
Thank you all.
Andrew:
Using shared storage in a single esxi host is not going to achieve our objective, that is, if that ex host down then we will have no servers until we get fixed.
If we buy another exi and use shared storage as you suggested will help.
I am not familiar with budget friendly NAS devices. less money more trouble?
Can i upgrade the existing sphere ver 5.1 essential to essential plus then buy another esxi with same storage (local).
Does the essential plus support vMotion with local storage?
Brutuz:
How do we replicate each instance?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You could just purchase another ESXi Server with local storage, or use, VMware Workstation, and host your VMs.

Or convert to Cloud, Azure, Hyper-V....

It comes down to

1. Cost and Budget

as to how long you want to be down for, and how automated a process you, need.

You can only vMotion with Shared Storage.

Replication, using Veeam Backup and Replication, or vSphere Replicate in Essentials Plus.

Essentials Plus, is just adding a different Key...and upgrade is down...

and install vCenter Server...
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