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PlateSpin PowerConvert 6.6 Offers a Broad Range of Workload Portability and Protection Options
PlateSpin Ltd. today announced enhancements to its market-leading PowerConvert solution that enables customers to manage and move workloads at will across a variety of virtual and physical infrastructures in the data center. This release provides new workload protection capabilities for the growing number of PlateSpins medium and large data center customers worldwide that are unifying their approach to common operational initiatives including workload relocation, provisioning, protection and optimization.

Organizations are starting to recognize that server workloads the data, applications and operating system that reside on a physical or virtual server are becoming the base unit of business value in the data center, said Stephen Pollack, PlateSpin founder and CEO. PlateSpins strategy to unify the management of the workload lifecycle is aimed at empowering organizations with the solutions they need to profile, manage, optimize and protect all workloads in the data center. Our broad vision for unifying the management of workloads throughout their lifecycle continues to resonate with customers. Within a single technology platform investment, data centers are able to leverage PlateSpins workload awareness and anywhere-to-anywhere (X2X) workload migration capabilities to successfully accomplish common IT initiatives such as server consolidation, hardware migration and cost-effective disaster recovery.

PlateSpin PowerConvert 6.6 provides a wide range of workload protection alternatives in a single product for maximum flexibility at the lowest cost. Using PowerConvert, customers can choose any combination of the following to protect workloads in the data center: flexible image backup and restore, consolidated recovery using virtual infrastructure or whole server physical workload replication.

In addition to file-based replication, PowerConvert 6.6 now includes high-speed block-level replication, making it ideal for real-world, enterprise-scale workload protection scenarios and multi-site disaster recovery implementations. The addition of block-level replication enables enterprise customers to protect larger databases and so-called stateful applications, such as mail servers, where the continuity of transactional information, configuration settings and data must be maintained. When used in combination with PowerRecon 3.0, PlateSpins advanced workload profiling, analysis and planning solution, customers can effectively choose the best protection strategy for each workload in the data center based on a thorough time-based workload profile and real-time resource utilization data.

PlateSpin PowerConvert played a key role in our efforts to build a disaster-tolerant infrastructure, said Stephane Deschenes, Director, Information Systems at Brookfield Asset Management Inc. The advanced workload portability and protection capabilities of PowerConvert have helped us achieve a resilient multi-site infrastructure that is quickly recoverable from disasters and scalable to support the future growth of our business. PowerConvert has also provided us with a powerful platform to help us move toward a unified way of managing our server workloads though their lifecycle, providing us with effective strategies for consolidation, compliance and disaster recovery.

By using existing virtual server capacity as a recovery platform, organizations can protect a larger percentage of data center servers without having to invest in costly duplicate hardware, commented Pollack. With PowerConvert 6.6, organizations can protect all the x86 servers and workloads in the data center, including stateless and stateful applications, data and operating systems. This unique solution enables customers to address workload protection requirements in a variety of ways, enhancing overall business continuity.

PowerConvert is truly one of the most effective, affordable and easy-to-use disaster recovery solutions available in the marketplace today, said Casey Donovan, Director of Technical Sales, Focus Technology Solutions Inc. When you consider the cost and performance advantages associated with using virtual server capacity as a platform for rapid recovery in the event of an outage, deploying PowerConvert for the purpose of DR just makes good business sense.

Published Wednesday, May 16, 2007 5:53 AM by David Marshall
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