Ok, so we have the following in place:
2x hosts with local storage using acrnois appliances for backups and replications of our VM's to the other host. - pointed out by hancocka, a cheap HA.
We have a virtualised vcentre server v5.0 on Host2 not doing anything as we use the acronis browser/appliance to manage the VMs recovery, backups etc.. .
We use the vsphere client to manage basic VM taks if required. Downside to this is that its very limited compared to vcentre.
I see (i think) that there is now an appliance for vcentre v5.1, correct?
If this is the case what would be the preferred way of utilising the vcentre v5.1 to manage the VM's and also integrate acronis? Remember should we lose a host with vcenter on then we are stuffed.
I'd also like to not install it on a physical server....
Can we install 2x vcentre appliance servers on each of our hosts (for resilience should one fail)?