New Spin on Workloads: Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 Workload Protection and Migration with PlateSpin
By Ken Baker, Novell Connection Magazine - May 2011
Here's an excerpt:
Optimal workload execution and asset use requires the ability to easily move your different workloads as needed—whether from physical to physical, or physical to virtual environments. And to ensure continuous operation and the safety of your valuable data, you also need to provide the proper levels of protection for those workloads. To enhance your capabilities in these areas, PlateSpin Migrate, PlateSpin Protect and PlateSpin Forge from Novell will soon extend their migration and protection capabilities (currently supported on Windows, SUSE Linux, and RedHat Linux) to include workloads running Novell Open Enterprise Server 2.
As a workload portability solution, PlateSpin Migrate automates the movement of your Novell Open Enterprise Server workloads between physical servers, and virtual hosts.
Migrate Novell Open Enterprise Server Workloads
In the past, if you wanted to move a Novell Open Enterprise Server workload to a virtual environment, you would essentially have to rebuild that workload from scratch. The new platform support in PlateSpin Migrate eliminates that rebuild work, giving you an industry-proven tool for testing, migrating and rebalancing all your workloads on your different host environments.
As a workload portability solution, PlateSpin Migrate automates the movement of your Novell Open Enterprise Server workloads between physical servers, and virtual hosts. The major strength of PlateSpin Migrate is its ability to completely decouple a workload from its underlying server hardware. This enables seamless movement from physical to virtual hosts—as well as between physical hosts with different hardware, even to new, bare metal servers.
PlateSpin Migrate delivers hardware-independent migrations by automatically configuring a server’s workload on the fly with driver, kernel and other necessary changes that allow it to operate properly on its target environment. It leverages a driver database of over 55,000 hardware drivers and also gives you the ability to add your own custom drivers. This wide array of hardware and platform support, combined with the addition of Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 to its broad multi-OS support, ensures you can perform workload migrations from anywhere to anywhere, whether for physical to virtual server consolidations, virtual to virtual workload migrations, virtual to physical workload de-virtualizations, or physical to physical hardware migrations.
To migrate a Novell Open Enterprise Server workload, you must first discover the source and target of your migration from within the Novell PlateSpin Migrate console. This requires that you provide either a host name or IP address for your source and target hosts. Once discovered, you simply click Move Workload, and the migration wizard will guide you through the process of migrating your workloads. This process includes the following core steps:
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