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PlateSpin Makes Data Center Server Inventory and Discovery Free
PlateSpin announced today the release of a special version of PlateSpin PowerRecon that data center professionals can use to jump-start their server consolidation, business continuity and virtualization projects at no cost. PowerRecon allows users to take a complete inventory of x86-based physical servers or virtual machines running VMware and Microsoft Virtual Server across the enterprise without needing to install software agents. Users simply install PowerRecon, enter administrative credentials, and automatically collect hardware information across Windows and Linux services such as CPU, disk, memory and network and also collect software information from servers such as OS configurations and list of installed and running applications for analysis. Data centers can use the free version of PowerRecon for various purposes including server inventory, asset management, and preliminary capacity planning for business continuity/DR, consolidation or virtualization.

“The inventory and discovery functionality in the free version of PlateSpin PowerRecon allows us to easily gather complete software and hardware information about the Windows and Linux servers in our customers’ data center.” Said Michael Reilly, President & CEO of Foedus. “We use the data gathered by PowerRecon to perform complete asset inventories and to identify the servers most appropriate for virtualization projects.”

“This newest release marks the first completely free product that PlateSpin has announced to the market in order to fulfill demand for easy-to-use, agentless software tools for data center asset inventory.” Said John Stetic, Director of Product Management at PlateSpin “Users can take inventory for hundreds of servers distributed across the enterprise without leaving their chair.”

PlateSpin also announced enhancements to the full version of PlateSpin PowerRecon including:
  • Data collection capabilities expanded to support VMware Infrastructure 3 and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
  • Scalability enhancements which provide increased number of servers monitored per instance of PowerRecon to accommodate large data centers
  • Application and services workload reports with advanced filtering capabilities
  • Detailed processor inventory gathering including cores and hyper-threading awareness for Microsoft Windows
  • Discover and inventory by IP range or file input

Pricing and Availability
PlateSpin PowerRecon 2.2 is available today and comes in three different packages. The inventory version provides agentless discovery and inventory of software and hardware assets for x86 based Windows and Linux servers in the data center and is available today for free on the PlateSpin website or participating PlateSpin partner websites for download. Users that wish to monitor workload utilization or use the consolidation planning module can purchase the full version using any major credit card from any participating reseller or from the PlateSpin PowerStore at PlateSpin PowerRecon pricing starts at $1 per server-day (a minimum of 100 server-days applies). Customers can also obtain the complete version of PowerRecon which includes inventory, monitoring, and consolidation planning for $2 per server-day from the PlateSpin PowerStore or from any PlateSpin partner listed at PowerRecon is specially priced for a limited time and will increase after November 30, 2006.

Published Friday, September 08, 2006 12:57 PM by David Marshall
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