I'm planning to consolidate all of my SQL 2012 Standard database all around my office and data center into 2x Node clustering or SQL Server AlwaysOn to simplify the maintenance, reduce licensing cost and also maintaining high availability during the SQL Server patching.
Because at the moment the SQL Server database is installed in many server in different places.
Can I do it using the following resources availble:
2x VMware VM running Windows Server 2012 R2
SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition license
so my question is:
1. Do I need to build MSCS (cluster) with Private Heartbeat network on the Vmware ESXi server ?
2. Does SQL Server 2012 Standard allows Availability group AlwaysOn? if not what are my options for high availability ?