1.8 Key Components and Capabilities

PlateSpin Transformation Manager provides an appliance-based installation that is simple to deploy and maintain. The Web Interface for users is easily accessible on standard web browsers and is easy to use.

1.8.1 Appliance

The PlateSpin Transformation Manager Appliance hosts the Transformation Manager software, an instance of the PlateSpin Migrate Connector software, and the database for your transformation projects.

  • The appliance is ready to deploy in your virtualization environment. The virtual machine includes a fully tested software stack that PlateSpin Transformation Manager needs, and omits unneeded applications and services that can consume system resources.

  • Web-based administration tools simplify server setup and maintenance. You do not need to understand the underlying operating system, software, or databases.

  • PlateSpin Migrate Connector is ready to go. Transformation Manager Appliance includes an instance of PlateSpin Migrate Connector that is automatically installed and configured to work with the Transformation Manager server running on the Appliance.

  • Update Channel makes appliance maintenance easy. You can use the Online Update option to manage post-release product updates for PTM server software, post-release product updates for the PlateSpin Migrate Connector software for the installed instance, and security updates for the software and operating system on the Appliance host VM. See Online Update in the PlateSpin Transformation Manager Appliance Guide.

For more information, see the PlateSpin Transformation Manager Appliance Guide.

1.8.2 Web Interface

The PlateSpin Transformation Manager Web Interface allows role-based access to project information from anywhere at any time on a range of devices.

  • Securely access project information from anywhere at any time. Visibility and actions for both internal and external stakeholders are appropriate to their user role.

  • Prioritize, organize, and schedule tasks. Break down transformation goals into manageable chunks by project, wave, and batch.

  • Plan and track workload transformations. Capture details for source workloads and target workloads in physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures, with any-to-any migration, lift and shift, virtual file move, and decommission.

  • Define custom components for each project. Associate workloads with applications, credentials, hosts, migration servers, networks, datastores, resource pools, and environments.

  • Achieve fast and efficient workload manipulations of multiple workloads at a time. Powerful forms for Advanced Search, Bulk Edit, and Bulk Status Change allow you to apply the same settings on selected workloads.

  • Monitor project status using the real-time visual dashboard and status reports. Internal and external stakeholders can track progress by project, wave, and batch, and view warnings for missed deadlines and schedule deviations.

  • Manage multiple concurrent projects for different organizations. Enterprises, managed service providers, and system integrators can leverage role-based access and multi-tenancy to keep end customer data secure and confidential.

  • Effectively handle massive planning efforts. Projects can scale from thousands to tens of thousands of workloads with minimal impact on performance.

  • Automatically discover source workloads. You can automatically discover details about a workload on import. See PlateSpin Discovery Environment.

  • Automatically execute and track your VMware migration projects. In a PlateSpin Migration Factory environment, you can automate the execution of migrations and track related transformation workflow events. See PlateSpin Migration Factory Environment.

  • Automatically track your PlateSpin Migrate migration projects. In a PlateSpin Migration Factory environment, you can track the status of migrations for imported workloads where migrations are executed on PlateSpin Migrate servers.

For more information, see Planning Projects in the Web Interface and Using the Web Interface.

1.8.3 PlateSpin Migrate Connector

PlateSpin Migrate Connector supports automated discovery and migration by integrating Transformation Manager with the PlateSpin Migrate servers in a project. It provides several advantages for planning, managing, and executing workload transformation projects:

  • Integrates PlateSpin Transformation Manager and PlateSpin Migrate servers. Migrate Connector integrates Transformation Manager and your PlateSpin Migrate servers by using event messaging and secure REST API communications.

  • Allows multiple Connector instances. You can have multiple Connector instances registered with a single PTM server, where each instance is associated with a separate project.

  • Configure global settings for Migrate Connectors. System Configuration settings on the Migrate Connector page in Transformation Manager apply globally to all Connector instances registered with the PTM Server.

  • Provides automated discovery of details for source workloads. Migrate Connector works with import options in Transformation Manager to discover details for source Windows and Linux workloads.

  • Load-balances migration jobs across available Migrate servers. Migrate Connector uses round-robin load-balancing to distribute workload migration jobs evenly across multiple PlateSpin Migrate servers in your project.

  • Drives the automated migration on Migrate Servers. In Automated Mode, Migrate Connector drives the automated execution of workload migrations for your VMware migration projects in a PlateSpin Migration Factory environment based on each workload’s transformation plan. Global settings control when automated migration jobs are set up, if and when pre-cutover testing begins, and when the jobs are removed after cutover.

  • Coordinates communications in the PlateSpin Migration Factory environment. Migrate Connector supports polling and eventing types of communications in a PlateSpin Migration Factory environment.

    • Migrate Connector listens for migration events from Transformation Manager and delivers them to the appropriate Migrate servers.

    • Migrate Connector listens for migration status events from the PlateSpin Migrate servers and delivers them to the appropriate project and workloads.

  • Supports user-provided callouts. Migrate Connector supports user-provided callouts during the transformation workflow that integrate Transformation Manager with your internal systems.

For more information, see the PlateSpin Migrate Connector Quick Start.