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PlateSpin Releases Next Generation Server Consolidation and Capacity Planning Software for Virtual Machine and Blade Infrastr

PowerRecon 2.0 Completes the First and Only Software Suite That Handles Server Consolidation Projects from Start to Finish (March 24, 2006)
PlateSpin Ltd. today announced the general availability of its next generation data center analysis and optimization solution. PlateSpin PowerRecon 2.0 will arm Global 2000 data centers with new levels of intelligence and analysis capabilities for consolidating and optimizing the data center onto virtual machines and blade servers. Data Center users and consultants can completely automate the various stages of consolidation projects such as inventory, analysis, and migration from start to finish without having to set foot in the data center.

PlateSpin PowerRecon 2.0 remotely collects a wealth of relevant hardware inventory data, resource utilization and workload statistics that create the foundation for one-time consolidation or continuous server optimization projects. It allows users to remotely identify what resources exist in the data center and presents a complete hardware, software and services inventory with absolutely no manual effort or disruptive agent technology required. When used in conjunction with PlateSpin PowerConvert, data center users and consultants can identify consolidation candidates, and perform fully automated migrations from a single product suite.

PowerRecon 2.0 features and benefits:
  • identify under-utilized and over-utilized servers quickly and easily
  • generate time-based graphs which include individual or combined server workload, allowing users to consolidate servers that have staggered workload characteristics
  • visualize host and virtual machine hierarchies for Microsoft and VMware virtual platforms
  • completely agentless architecture eliminates the need for software to be installed on any data center servers
  • measure and analyze over 1,000 servers with minimal impact on network traffic
  • completely new graphical interface provides users with highly effective visualization of workloads and resources
  • customizable resource and workload reports for speedy capacity planning analysis
"PlateSpin has built a fantastic solution suite for server consolidation and continuous server optimization," said Roger Straub, Senior Consultant of Fujitsu-Siemens Computer GmbH. "PlateSpin PowerRecon lets us identify what server workloads should be moved for better resource optimization, while PlateSpin PowerConvert lets us move them there automatically. From now on we can continuously analyze how the servers from our customers are being utilized, and move them wherever we want in the datacenter at the click of a mouse."

"PlateSpin PowerRecon 2.0 is a huge leap forward for us in being able to quickly and accurately assess large data centre environments," said Greg Walker, Solutions Architect for Gibraltar Solutions Inc. "As one of Canada's leading VMware and PlateSpin partners, we use PowerRecon to help our customers accelerate adoption of virtualization technology and fully realize their server consolidation goals. PowerRecon's rich visualization and flexible reporting enables us to easily identify suitable virtualization candidates, confidently recommend the appropriate hardware, and enhance our Consolidation Assessment Reports."

"Server consolidation is usually viewed as a one-time project, when in reality it is a continuous event," said John Stetic, PlateSpin Director of Product Management. "Over time, workload and resources will become unbalanced due to changing business dynamics. Rather than design a software solution which is used on a one-time basis, we've designed PlateSpin PowerRecon and PlateSpin PowerConvert so that customers can address server optimization requirements continuously over the long term for maximum ROI."

Pricing and Availability
PlateSpin PowerRecon 2.0 is generally available today through our global partner network and is packaged on a per-use and on a per-server basis to offer our customers and service provider partners licenses that best fit their needs. Per-use pricing starts from $1 per day for each individual server. PlateSpin is also offering perpetual PowerRecon licenses and specially priced bundles when purchased together with PlateSpin PowerConvert.

A trial download of PlateSpin PowerRecon is available.

About PlateSpin
PlateSpin provides the most advanced data center automation software designed to optimize the use of server resources across the enterprise to improve business service levels and lower costs. PlateSpin OS Portability technology liberates software from hardware platforms allowing servers to be streamed over the enterprise network from any source to any destination, ensuring best fit between server resource supply and application workload demands.

Global 2000 companies use PlateSpin solutions to lower costs and solve today's most pressing data center initiatives such as server consolidation, disaster recovery, hardware migration and test lab automation. Winner of the 2005 International Business Award for Best New Company, PlateSpin was also named the fourth fastest growing IT company in Canada by Branham Group, and as one of the top five Movers and Shakers in the Canadian IT Sector for 2006. For more information please visit

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