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Managing your data center
just got a whole lot easier
Tech Talk 5 By John Stetic

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Key Features of PowerRecon

Workload and Resource Utilization Forecasting—PowerRecon enables organizations to better plan for infrastructure investment and server consolidation. By creating reports and charts, it accurately shows how one or a group of server workloads will use resources in the future based on historical trend data. Forecasted values for CPU, disk, memory and usage trends ensure that server consolidation projects can accommodate future growth.

Enterprise-Level Scalability—A single instance of PowerRecon supports robust data collection, analysis and planning for up to 2,000 servers in the network. Multiple instances of PowerRecon can run together in the data center, enabling the solution to scale well beyond 2,000 servers. The enterprise-class scalability puts PowerRecon in a category all its own when it comes to support for large-scale data center consolidation projects.

Broad Multiplatform Support—Customers with multiplatform environments can inventory, analyze and report onsite in the data center using a single data collection and analysis solution. Windows, Linux and UNIX physical systems are supported, as well as virtual platforms provided by VMware, Citrix, Microsoft and Virtual Iron.

Flexible IT Chargeback Reporting—Because virtualization creates a pool of computing resources, it can be difficult to manage and monitor how virtual resources are being used and by whom. PowerRecon allows organizations to effectively allocate and share virtual resources across various business units and departmental owners. PowerRecon’s flexible chargeback reporting capabilities improve virtual infrastructure management and financial accounting by allowing organizations to calculate IT costs based on actual resource usage.

VM Growth Reporting—Virtual machine growth reports monitor the proliferation of virtual machines and avoid the administrative headaches associated with virtual infrastructure sprawl.

Power and Cooling Analysis—You can compare and contrast potential power and cooling cost savings and ROI derived from different consolidation scenarios. Custom fields allow power and cooling requirements for major hardware platforms to be maintained in a central database, enabling organizations to analyze and cost-justify green computing initiatives.

PlateSpin PowerConvert

PlateSpin PowerConvert is an anywhere-to-anywhere Workload Portability solution that provides the flexibility to configure and optimize the data center. It streams workloads over the network between physical servers, blade infrastructures, virtual hosts and image archives. PowerConvert remotely decouples whole server workloads—data, applications and operating systems—from the

underlying server hardware and streams them to and from any physical or virtual host with a simple drag and drop. Figure 2

PowerConvert removes the dependency between a data center’s infrastructure layer and the business applications that run on it. Therefore, organizations can continually match service level requirements with available resources by rapidly reconfiguring, relocating and optimizing servers. All this from a single point of control without having to be in physical contact with source or target servers.

Key Features of PowerConvert

Anywhere-to-anywhere Workload Migrations—Server workloads are freed from the underlying hardware so you can move or copy them to and from physical and virtual hosts or images on demand. PowerConvert automatically configures the server workload to operate on the target environment, making driver, kernel and other necessary changes.

Live Transfer—PowerConvert Live Transfer enables the migration or image capture of active Windows servers without taking the source servers offline or having to reboot. It reduces system downtime during migration or creates regular backups of production systems. Concurrent live transfers are managed though a central administration point and help accelerate consolidation efforts.

Server Sync—You can greatly reduce the risks associated with workload relocation projects such as server consolidation and data center relocation. Perform an initial transfer to the target site or host, test the workload in the new location while continuing to run the source, and then perform a final sync before cutting over the workload. Server Sync also helps when the source and destination are geographically distributed. Removing the necessity for a full system replication can dramatically accelerate workload migrations over the wide area network.

Task-Based Wizards and Drag-and-drop Interface—With intuitive built-in workflows, PowerConvert reduces learning curves and simplifies workload relocation, protection and provisioning activities. Use the drag-and-drop interface to move, copy, protect, capture or deploy workloads. Intuitive task-based wizards for common actions and advanced job configuration capabilities make the process of configuring jobs easier and more reliable. Job reporting may be used to easily create the reports required for regulatory compliance or to qualify for utility rebates for power and cooling reductions and green computing initiatives.

On-the-fly Configuration—With PowerConvert, you can reconfigure and right-size CPU, disk, memory and network resources on-the-fly during the workload migration. You can also change critical parameters on restore and right-size the target server to match workload demands.


  • Figure 1

    PlateSpin PowerRecon provides scenario modeling, forecasting and planning capabilities to take the guesswork out of server consolidation, disaster recovery, capacity planning and virtual infrastructure management.

  • Figure 2

    With PlateSpin PowerConvert, enterprises can perform anywhere-to-anywhere server workload migrations across heterogeneous IT infrastructures spanning physical and virtual hosts.

  • Figure 3

    The PlateSpin Forge recovery hardware appliance provides an ever-present Web-based dashboard that enables IT operations specialists to view the status of server workload protection at all times.

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