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Mendocino Software, R.I.P.

Not all storage startups either went public or got acquired for big bucks over the past two years. Mendocino Software sold little of its  continuous data protection (CDP) software and found no takers for its intellectual property, so Wednesday it sold whatever was left at auction.

Mendocino did have five customers through an OEM deal with Heweltt-Packard, which rebranded Mendocino’s product as HP StorageWorks CIC.

According to an email HP sent to SearchStoage.com today, “HP has assigned a task force and is working closely with each of its five HP CIC customers to understand their specific information availability requirements and to determine an appropriate plan of action.”

According to the email, HP  is offering to switch CIC customers to HP Data Protector at no charge for the software and installation, and will transfer CIC support contracts to Data Protector.

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What have you done with VMware vCenter Server?
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physical server
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All physical
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I have vCenter run on VM, that allow me to benifit from all the vSphere functionality like HA, DRS, vMotion...
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I have deployed vCenter in several smaller environments, but deployed it as a full Windows Server VM and as a vCSA. The situation will determine best bang for buck, but I would recommend locking the VM to only a few hosts if you have several to manage. That should help minimize time looking for it should the host it's running on fail.
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What kind of Question is that? Its 2012...WHY would one use a PHYSICAL host for vCenter? Virtualizing vCenter is the most essential think you can do to protect your enviroment.
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Physical? REALLY? Why?
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On Physical server
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all virtual
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I have installed the vCenter on one independence ESXi Server and working is fine.
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Just pin it to a couple hosts so you can always find it and installed VNC so I can access regardless of which hosts it's on.
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We have vCenter in a VM with SQL db. Do a backup with Veeam (thru an ESX host). This works fine in our environment of 240 VMs.
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We virtualised our vCenter about 4 years ago. I was worried about the issue of being able to locate it after a datacentre outage (especially since you can't set VM Startup settings on a HA Cluster).

I use the VMware Fling "Boomerang". It runs on my admin machines and my own laptop and I have all the hosts added to it that vCenter can run on.

If we have an outage I can fire up Boomerang and search for the vcenter VM and it tells me straight away where the VM is. I can even power it on direct from the app and view the VM Console. Never been easier!
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Facing Instability issues with Virtual Center as VMs, I recommend virtualising VC only for small and medium Env i.e less than 1000VMs.
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its better to go with the virtual becoz in case of ant physical server failure may cause for rebuild entire vcenter environment. though if it is in a virtual we do have a lot of automation process which we can avoide these kind of situation.
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We started with vcenter on a physical server about seven years ago, then switched over to a virtual server about 4 years ago and now we are going back to a physical server because I am hoping to get better backup performance.
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Virtualized vCenter over a year ago and no isuues so far. It actually runs better than the previous physical server.
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