In a few months I will be building a new ESXi server.
One of the concerns I have right now with my 2 Datastores is that if one drive fails I lose the VM's located on that datastore (I do have the VM's backed up via WHS and/or Acronis).
I'm thinking about creating a FreeNAS VM and adding adding 2 HDD's to it in a Raid 1, then presenting that as ISCSI/NFS to ESXi for a Datastore. Is this possible and would the performance be about the same? I only have 1 ESXi host so doing SAN via a dedicated box is overkill IMO.
Any thoughts/experience on this would be appreciated.
Seems like it would technically work, but with more latency than what you're getting now. Might be of more value to simply get a RAID card on the HCL with BBWC.