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PlateSpin and Virtual Iron Partner to Accelerate Virtualization Adoption and ROI
PlateSpin Ltd. (www.platespin.com) and Virtual Iron Software (www.virtualiron.com) today announced a new technology and business partnership that will help users assess the best opportunities for enterprise-class virtualization in their data centers and streamline solution deployment. The companies have agreed to develop joint product offerings for users and resellers as well as collaborate on marketing and sales efforts.

With the agreement, PlateSpin, which provides software that analyzes physical and virtual resources and provides OS portability between physical and virtual environments, will support Virtual Iron’s enterprise-class virtualization and management platform. PlateSpin PowerConvert is an automated software solution that enables customers to migrate data, applications, and operating systems across physical, virtual, blade and image-based infrastructures in any direction. The combination of PlateSpin PowerConvert and Virtual Iron will provide users with the ability to migrate physical servers into Virtual Iron virtual infrastructure to quickly achieve the benefits of large-scale server consolidation, rapid provisioning, high availability and capacity management. General availability is planned for November.

The companies also announced that they will make available PlateSpin PowerRecon with support for Virtual Iron at the same time. PlateSpin PowerRecon provides analysis capabilities that optimize the consolidation of physical servers into virtual servers. The software remotely collects all the relevant hardware inventory data, resource utilization and workload statistics that create the foundation for server consolidation projects. This allows users to remotely identify what physical and virtual resources exist in the data center and presents a complete hardware, software, and services inventory. The partnership allows users to easily identify consolidation candidates and perform fully automated migrations of a broad-based set of enterprise workloads. This enables dramatic reductions in operational costs involved in server migration activities.

“PlateSpin is dedicated to providing users with the ability to optimize resource utilization through the automated migration of Linux or Windows servers between physical and virtual infrastructures with zero manual effort,” said Eric Courville, VP of Global Alliances at PlateSpin. “PlateSpin’s support for Virtual Iron will continue to extend these capabilities to a broader set of virtual platforms, giving users the flexibility they need to leverage the benefits of virtualization in the enterprise data center.”

“PlateSpin’s support for Virtual Iron will allow our customers to quickly determine which systems provide the best returns for consolidation and rapidly consolidate their physical hardware onto virtual servers” said Mike Grandinetti, Chief Marketing Officer at Virtual Iron Software. “Customers also gain the ability to broaden their choice of backup and disaster recovery strategies by combining Virtual Iron’s policy-based automation and PlateSpin’s Flexible Image archives.”

Virtual Iron will bundle one free migration of PlateSpin PowerConvert with every Virtual Iron Consolidation and Enterprise Edition license. Subsequent migrations will be available for purchase from Virtual Iron and PlateSpin authorized resellers. Virtual Iron will also offer a server assessment solution as well as a server consolidation bundle through its network of authorized resellers. The offering will include PlateSpin PowerRecon and a Virtual Iron/PlateSpin PowerConvert bundle that will be aggressively priced to encourage adoption of the joint solution.

Virtual Iron and PlateSpin will be demonstrating their technologies together at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco at the Moscone Center September 26-28, 2006. Interested parties can also learn more about their combined offerings by registering to attend a webcast being hosted by the companies on October 18th, 2006. More details are available at https://virtualironevents.webex.com/virtualironevents/onstage/g.php?d=681848346&t=a.
Published Monday, September 18, 2006 12:48 PM by David Marshall
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