How SMBs Can Fit the Purchase of a Shared Storage Device into Their Budget – VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
I thought I would share an article I came across by Jeff Eberhand on the VMware SMB blog discussing a cost efficient solution for SMBs to take advantage of shared storage in a small scale virtual infrastructure, without the high overhead of a SAN using vSphere Storage Appliance.
A VSA VM runs on each host in the cluster (up to 3 hosts), acting as the pass-through device to the hard drives on each host. It then sets up a type of NFS mirroring across each host to make sure your data is online and available, even in the event of a host crashing or needing maintenance.
Jeff even quoted out a deployment and the price point is defiantly something of taking note with small customers and getting them on the proper path to virtualization.
You can read the whole story here.