As I understand it, the SDE Geodatabase provides the technology for Multiuser databases, Versioning, replication and other Geodatabase functionality. In my organisation, this could be useful for vector datasets but we also have a large amount of basemap material including Aerial images for many different years, many topographic maps, and other historical and infrared images.
My question is this. Does it make sense to fill my MSSQL DBMS with all this imagary? I am constantly having to explain to my colleauge who runs the DBMS why we are always short on filespace. If I simply created file-geodatabases and published these without using sde wouldn´t it be less work for the DBMS?