A global enterprise software
company recently announced the next generation of their workload management and
disaster recovery tools to help IT administrators better meet user demands for
data access anytime, anywhere. I recently caught up with Mike Robinson, senior
manager, Solution Strategy at NetIQ to learn more about the company's latest
VMblog: For those readers who might not be familiar with your
company, can you give us some background on NetIQ and explain what your
Mike Robinson: NetIQ is a global, enterprise software company with a
relentless focus on customer success. Our portfolio includes scalable,
automated solutions for Identity, Security, Access, Governance, Systems and Application, Service, and Workload Management that
help organizations securely deliver, measure and manage computing services
across physical, virtual and cloud computing environments.
VMblog: NetIQ just announced a new generation of PlateSpin
workload management and disaster recovery products. What specific features are provided in this
new generation of products?
Robinson: Our new generation of
PlateSpin workload management and disaster recovery products includes PlateSpin
Forge 4, PlateSpin Protect 11 and PlateSpin Migrate 11. These latest versions
provide fast and efficient disaster recovery, server consolidation, and server migration
capabilities for today's virtual and physical server workloads. And earlier
this year we released PlateSpin Recon 4, which rounds out the portfolio by
providing the intelligence & analysis for server consolidation and disaster
VMblog: How are the PlateSpin workload management and disaster
recovery products offering a range of solutions for both
physical and virtual environments?
Robinson: In speaking with our
customers, we know how important it is to them to have a solution that is
designed to protect both physical and virtual workloads, running Windows and
Linux operating systems. NetIQ's
PlateSpin product began as the industry's first automated physical to virtual
(P2V) server consolidation tool. The new generation of PlateSpin products - PlateSpin
Forge 4, PlateSpin Migrate 11 and PlateSpin Protect 11- that we just
announced continue that rich tradition of connecting the dots between physical
and virtual workloads.
PlateSpin Forge 4 now supports the latest OS and hypervisor versions from Microsoft,
VMware, and others, providing an all-in-one disaster recovery hardware
appliance that protects both physical and virtual workloads, and delivers
exceptional recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives
(RTOs) performance at an extremely affordable price point.
Migrate 11 extends NetIQ's proprietary
high-speed block-based transfer protocols and Server Sync technology to the
latest hypervisor versions from Microsoft, VMware, and others, and to newer UEFI/GPT
physical servers with large (2 TB+) system drives, and offers true
anywhere-to-anywhere (to and from physical, virtual, and image) migrations,
rather than just single-platform physical-to-virtual conversions.
And, finally, PlateSpin
Protect 11 protects physical and
virtual servers with a single DR solution, either within a standalone VMware
virtual environment, or by extending the capabilities of VMware's Site Recovery
Manager (SRM). When used with SRM, PlateSpin Protect 11 enables users to
replicate and protect physical servers alongside virtual machines in their SRM
VMblog: What can IT professional expect when deploying the new
generation of PlateSpin products?
Robinson: Today's enterprises are
challenged to meet increasingly aggressive RPOs and RTOs, while protecting more
server workloads with stagnant or even shrinking budgets. And businesses,
executives, and users alike have almost zero tolerance for downtime. What's
more, limitations of existing solutions prevent IT departments from backing up
both their physical and virtual workloads to the same infrastructure. When
combined with PlateSpin Recon 4, the latest version of NetIQ's planning and analysis tool, the
PlateSpin family allows IT professionals to set and maintain accurate
service-level agreements (SLAs) for disaster recovery (DR), protect physical
servers in an increasingly virtual world, and speed up transfers while reducing
downtime during server migration.
VMblog: How are the PlateSpin products addressing the business
user's demand for data anytime, anywhere?
Robinson: In today's
ever-connected world, employees expect to have access to corporate data instantly
from their smartphones, tablets or other device of choice. Those expectations feed the aggressive recovery
point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) IT administrators
are pushing to meet. These latest
features in PlateSpin Protect, PlateSpin Forge and PlateSpin Migrate, coupled
with PlateSpin Recon 4, provide a combined toolset that allows today's
professionals to plan for, manage and support any server consolidation,
migration, or disaster recovery scenario that can impact the ability to support
today's business users.
VMblog: When will the PlateSpin products be generally
available and can you share any details on pricing?
Robinson: All of the PlateSpin products are
generally available. PlateSpin Migrate 11 is available from $295
USD and PlateSpin Protect 11 is available from
$1500 USD. PlateSpin Forge 4 starts at $39,400 USD
for the 300 Series 10-workload appliance (without storage). Pricing includes priority maintenance.
Once again, thanks to Mike Robinson, senior manager, Solution Strategy at NetIQ, for taking time out to answer a few questions for VMblog.com.