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Novell announced it has completed its acquisition of PlateSpin. PlateSpin allows the movement of workloads between physical and virtual environments regardless of platform or operating system. These capabilities, combined with Novell's systems management solutions, enable customers to fully leverage their virtualization investments and reduce both costs and server sprawl in their data centers. "The addition of PlateSpin to Novell's existing enterprise IT management and Linux solutions will give customers the capabilities they need to build their next generation data center," said Joe Wagner, senior vice president and general manager of Novell Systems and Resource Management. "With solutions for data center consolidation, virtualization, relocation, disaster recovery and ongoing optimization, customers now have powerhouse technology to reduce cost, minimize risk and... (more)

Novell Reminds Folks It Bought PlateSpin

Novell is repositioning the virtualization widgetry that it bought for $205 million this spring when it bought PlateSpin and now claims to be the only kid on the block who can support 32- and 64-bit Windows and Linux servers, as well as all the leading hypervisors. It ticks off Citrix’ XenServer, Microsoft’s Hyper-V and Virtual Server, VMware’s ESX and ESXi and the Xen integrated in its own SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Known collectively as PlateSpin Workload Management, the new-style PlateSpin Recon, Migrate, Protect and Orchestrate products enable customers to profile, migrate, protect and manage server workloads between physical and virtual infrastructures in heterogeneous IT environments. Novell, which has Microsoft in its corner for interoperability, figures it’s strengthened its cross-platform position vis-à-vis the increasing ubiquitous mixed data center, whic... (more)

Is There a Business in Physical to Cloud Conversions?

I have been thinking about if there is a place for some cloud computing vendors to come on the scene to handle what I call the ‘P2C’ conversion process-taking a physical machine and converting it to an image that can run on a cloud.  If we look at the virtualization market, clearly P2V (physical to virtual) was an enabling technology that helped people migrate existing physical hosts into virtual machines, without having to completely rebuild systems from scratch.  VMware had a product in the space (and still does) and there was also some popular products provided by 3rd parties like Platespin (who had a nice exit to Novell for ~$200MM). Do we have the potential for the same story in the cloud? Well, what’s the same this time around?  You have huge existing deployments of physical machines and virtual machines, some of which IT managers would like to move the cloud... (more)

VM6 Software Releases Virtual Machine ex Server 2.0

VM6 Software also names industry veteran Eric Courville as Partner and COO MONTREAL, July 28 /PRNewswire/ - VM6 Software Inc., a leading provider of software solutions that extend the benefits of virtualization to remote office and branch locations (ROBO) today announced the general availability of VM6 Virtual Machine ex (VM6 VMex) version 2.0. VM6 VMex leverages Microsoft Hyper-V(TM) to create an internal cloud to provision, consolidate, manage and protect all of the ROBO workloads without the costs and complexity of other solutions. Easy to install, configure and manage, VM6 solutions do not require any specialized skill sets other than Microsoft Certified System Engineers. "Enterprise organizations that have realized the benefits of virtualization in the data center are struggling with ways to extend those same benefits to remote locations and branch offices as t... (more)

PlateSpin Helps Make Green Computing a Reality

PlateSpin announced major enhancements to its best-in-class data center planning and analysis solution that will help organizations achieve new operational efficiencies while accelerating the path to environmental responsibility. In addition to providing advanced planning, analysis, modeling and forecasting for consolidating, protecting and optimizing the data center, PlateSpin PowerRecon 3.0 now offers medium and large data centers a profitable course to green computing by providing organizations with the unique ability to analyze and report on power and cooling requirements and create plans for reducing energy consumption in the data center. With rising energy prices and growing concerns about global warming, power consumption is becoming a critical factor for data center budgets. The issue is compounded by high-density equipment such as blade servers, which need ... (more)

PlateSpin to Support Citrix XenServer Virtualization Customers

PlateSpin reaffirmed its commitment to support Citrix XenServer across the PlateSpin product line. XenServer support is a key element of PlateSpin's multiplatform strategy, which aims to offer enterprises a unified suite of solutions for managing heterogeneous data center environments and making physical and virtual infrastructures work as one. "As a Citrix Technology Partner, PlateSpin is committed to working with Citrix to offer customers simple, efficient and interoperable solutions to virtualize servers and better manage their XenServer environments," said Stephen Pollack, CEO of PlateSpin ULC. "PlateSpin Workload Portability and profiling technology helps Citrix customers make the most of their XenServer investments by accelerating and simplifying the integration of XenServer into their mixed data center environments where multiple hypervisor technologies coex... (more)

PlateSpin Outs First Post-Acquisition Product

PlateSpin has trotted out its first major product release since Novell bought the virtualization management operation back in March with the launch of PowerConvert 7.0, its data center disaster recovery mojo. The software has new backup and recovery features and expanded multi-platform support. It’s supposed to help enterprises migrate server workloads across heterogeneous physical and virtual IT environments and simplify the management of server workloads in their heterogeneous data centers. There’s new image-based disaster recovery capabilities and migration speed enhancements for large-scale implementations as well as broader support for Novell rivals Red Hat Enterprise Linux, 64-bit Windows Server workloads and Citrix XenServer environments. It can decouple server workloads from the underlying hardware and stream them over the network between physica... (more)

PlateSpin Introduces Innovative Plug In and Protect Virtualization Recovery Appliance

PlateSpin Ltd. announced an innovative disaster recovery hardware appliance for protecting physical and virtual server workloads using VMware infrastructure as a foundation for the solution. PlateSpin Forge is a purpose-built consolidated recovery solution that includes prepackaged and preconfigured hardware, software and virtual infrastructure to dramatically accelerate deployment, simplify configuration and reduce total cost of ownership. PlateSpin Forge's unique combination of simplicity and cost-effectiveness makes it ideal for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as departmental or branch office use within larger enterprises. "Traditional recovery infrastructures have failed to keep pace with business requirements," said Stephen Pollack, founder and CEO of PlateSpin Ltd. "Organizations often have had to choose between costly and complex clustering and hig... (more)

Virtualization Conference & Expo Platespin Presentation Live on SYS-CON.TV

SYS-CON Events announced today that Platespin general session presentation at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo ( now streaming on SYS-CON.TV. The next Virtualization Conference will take place November 19-21, at the Fairmont Hotel at the heart of Silicon Valley, in San Jose, California. The first International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo will be colocated with the 4th International Virtualization Conference & Expo ( Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities Offered on a First-Come First-Served Basis. To inquire about sponsorship and exhibit opportunities please contact Carmen Gonzalez at 201-802-3021 or by email at events(at) Currently, a limited number of sponsorship and exhibition packages with multiple sponsorship discounts are available... (more)

Citrix & Novell to Collaborate on Cloud Computing & Virtualization

5th Cloud Expo in New York This April Citrix Systems and Novell have announced a collaboration that expands choice for customers through increased virtualization interoperability and new assessment tools to help pinpoint the economically most advantageous approach to virtualization. Through this new partnership, Novell has certified SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as a “Perfect Guest” running on Citrix XenServer and both companies will provide joint technical support to customers. As a result of this agreement, the more than 4,500 enterprise applications certified as Novell Ready for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server are now Citrix Ready community-verified when running in a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server guest virtual machine on XenServer. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is the only Linux operating system that has been optimized to be the perfect guest on all major hypervisors, ... (more)

VM6 Software Secures $4 Million in Financing Led by RBC Venture Partners and Ignition Partners

TORONTO -- (Marketwire) -- 04/13/10 -- VM6 Software, Inc., provider of the only all-in-one IT virtualization infrastructure software, today announced that it has closed a $4 million series A round of investment with RBC Venture Partners and Ignition Partners. The investment will further accelerate VM6 Software's customer expansion, future software development and marketing and sales efforts worldwide. Additionally, industry veteran Stephen Pollack has joined VM6 Software's board of directors, along with Richard Fade from Ignition Partners and Jean-David Begin from RBC Venture Partners. VM6 VMex software offers small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) an all-in-one IT infrastructure solution that is designed to fully leverage the benefits of virtualization to manage, provision, consolidate and protect distributed servers and desktop environments at a fraction of the co... (more)