Virtualize and consolidate servers quickly

How do you know which physical servers to virtualize in your server consolidation project? How do you know which virtual machines to put on which virtual hosts? Can you get it all done by that crazy deadline?

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Minimize downtime with live server migrations

To avoid costly downtime for each workload being migrated, switching from the physical servers to virtual machines is often scheduled during evenings or weekends. This can significantly lengthen the overall project timeline. It also makes projects more expensive if a lot of evening or weekend overtime is required. What’s worse, the migration project will often delay other projects that can’t proceed while the staff is busy.

PlateSpin Migrate allows you to copy a physical server to a virtual host without taking the source physical server offline. You can even synchronize changes to keep the virtual copy up–to–date while the original is still live in production. This means that the longest parts of a typical migration—the initial copy, and testing the copy—can both happen without any downtime at all.

Finish server consolidation faster with multiple concurrent migrations

Most virtualization platform vendors have software to help customers perform physical–to–virtual (P2V) migrations, usually to their own platforms only. While using such a tool is faster than completely rebuilding and configuring the entire workload as a virtual machine, it can still take several hours to complete each individual server migration. Since server consolidation projects often involve dozens or hundreds of servers, they can tie up IT staff for weeks or even months.

We help you to dramatically reduce the time required for large–scale server consolidation projects. PlateSpin® Migrate performs multiple migrations—up to 40—concurrently, which helps you complete your server consolidation projects on time.

Test migrations before going live

When migrating critical workloads, it is important to be able to test the newly–created workloads in the virtual environment, before they go live in production. But with most vendor-supplied P2V tools, migrations cannot be paused or tested. They can only be aborted and restarted.

We let you test new workloads before they go live. And with the Server Sync technology in PlateSpin Migrate, you can even synchronize production changes that occurred during testing, so you don’t have to copy the workload all over again. PlateSpin Migrate gives you the confidence and peace of mind that your new virtual servers will perform just as expected.

Break free from babysitting consoles with automated alerts

Most physical–to–virtual (P2V) migration tools require an administrator to be actively engaged at the server console before and during the migration. When each migration takes several hours, and you’ve got dozens or hundreds of migrations to complete during evenings or weekends, your project can take months, run up huge overtime costs, and delay other projects that can’t proceed while your IT staff is busy.

PlateSpin Migrate automates the migration process, and even allows scripts to control additional actions before and after the migration. You can even configure alerts to let you know when migrations are complete, or if additional action is required. Alerts contain links that can be acknowledged, and even acted upon, directly from a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. So you can send your people home to their families during server consolidation projects. With our company, your IT staff doesn’t need to babysit consoles while data is being transferred.

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