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Everything you ever wanted to know about PowerRecon 2.0

Virtual-Strategy Magazine recently interviewed Chadman Chui of PlateSpin about the release of their new PowerRecon 2.0 product.

VSM: Could you start by giving us a Datacenter Optimization overview, and then the details about PowerRecon 2.0?

PS: Sounds great. Lets look at Datacenter Optimization. In the datacenters today we find inflexible infrastructures. Physical servers that you install the OS and applications on, and making it difficult to easily move between platforms, or between physical and virtual machines. They are bound to the hardware that they were installed on. As a result, we find that the enterprise datacenters are running in a sub-optimal manner. Servers with many resources are handling small workloads; they’re underutilized. Some servers with small resources are handling very large workloads; they’re overutilized.

If you could measure the workload and resources and then move or migrate the workload easily within the datacenter, whether it’s between physical servers or virtual infrastructure, you could more easily optimize by matching resource supply to workload demand. The underutilized server could be consolidated; the overutilized server could be deconsolidated, resulting in a more balanced datacenter.

So what PlateSpin has done is create a technology we call OS Portability, which allows you to decouple the operating system, applications and data, and move them around from physical servers, virtual machines and image archives.

How does PowerRecon 2.0 fit in? It gives visibility to all the resources in the datacenter. Many datacenters don’t know how many servers they have, they don’t know what’s running on those servers, they don’t know what kind of workload utilization those servers are running off, or how well the workload demand and its resource supply fits it. So, what PowerRecon does is allow the datacenter manager, or the datacenter user, more visibility into what they have and how effectively workloads are assigned to resources.

Some of the main benefits and features of PowerRecon 2.0 are very rich data modeling of organizational resources and workloads that gives the user insight into how things are running. Customized reports identify servers that need to be consolidated or deconsolidated. The product is installed in the datacenter and is agentless, which helps you avoid security violations since there is no need to send the information or data to a third party for analysis. We also have this notion of asset inventory. All the hardware and software components within the datacenter are detected along with their workload and utilization specific details. So, from a server consolidation point of view, being able to balance the workload demand and resource supply, getting visibility into the datacenter, and doing the capacity planning, PowerRecon 2.0 really fits in to make that a lot easier.

Here is a basic workflow of how it works. You install PowerRecon 2.0 Server and enter your admin credentials. PowerRecon first collects all static information, such as what kind of machine it is, what make, what model, what brand, what kind of hardware it’s running on, such as the CPU type, number of CPUs, memory, disk and network resources, and so forth. Then it goes along to collect performance data. Depending on what the user wants and how long they want to measure their servers, it will automatically go out and measure the utilization for all the servers that the user selected.

The data is dynamically collected, sampled and stored into a local database on the PowerRecon 2.0 Server. It is then summarized and reports are generated.

Read the entire interview, here.

 

Published Wednesday, June 07, 2006 6:33 AM by David Marshall
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