We are coming up for a hardware refresh and I also plan to look at our back up and failover solutions a the same time.
We currently have vSphere Essentials 5.5 and use third party software for managing backups and head start restores. We have 2 hosts in main office and 1 in a branch office, we also have 1 one non-virtualized Windows server running vCenter in the main office for management.
I don't see in the foreseeable future we will have a requirement for more than 3 hosts.
I am hoping to manage backups and fail over etc all through vSphere so Essentials Plus looks like a good option as far as affordability goes, but I am unclear what I am missing out on as opposed to going Standard? I can find plenty comparing Essentials to Essentials Plus, but not a lot comparing Essentials Plus to Standard.
I believe that Storage vMotion is missing from Essentials Plus. If I have DAS in the 2 hosts in the main office setup as a vSAN, do I even need Storage vMotion?
What other features are missing from Essentials Plus.
Also, can anyone recommend consultant in Christchurch that is experienced with designing VMware solutions? I think I would benefit from a few hours with someone more experienced during the design faze.