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PlateSpin Helps Make Green Computing a Reality

California utility PG&E to offer rebates to organizations of $300 to $600 for each server eliminated through virtualization

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 a lot of power to run, as well as significant HVAC resources. According to a report by Gartner analyst Michael A. Bell published in December 2006, “In the shorter term, the heat/power problem will become an increasingly important problem that data center managers need to address. Half of today’s data centers will have insufficient power and cooling capacity to meet the demands of high-density equipment in two years.”

Data center efficiency is beginning to carry a dual meaning. Reductions in server infrastructure and the continuous optimization of server workload utilization are critical to improving both operational and environmental efficiencies. The data center’s impact on the environment has received enough attention to warrant California utility PG&E to offer rebates to organizations of $300 to $600 for each server eliminated through virtualization. New features in PowerRecon 3.0 include the ability for organizations to compare their current power and cooling costs against projected post-consolidation costs and build consolidation and workload protection plans that dramatically reduce the total server infrastructure required to host and protect the data center. PowerRecon’s advanced reporting capabilities make it easy to cost-justify green data center initiatives and complete the environmental assessments and validation required to qualify for utility rebates. When PowerRecon is used in conjunction with PowerConvert, PlateSpin’s anywhere-to-anywhere workload migration and protection product, the combined solution effectively automates the green computing initiative.

“The cost savings and environment benefits of virtualization are closely aligned,” said Stephen Pollack, founder and CEO of PlateSpin. “By consolidating servers into more energy-efficient virtual machine hosts or blade servers, organizations can retire old, power-hungry hardware and optimize underutilized servers to achieve significant savings in power, heating and cooling requirements, resulting in a greener data center. PlateSpin PowerRecon 3.0 supports green data center initiatives by helping system integrators and end-use customers accurately assess the environmental impacts and potential cost savings derived from a consolidation or hardware migration project.”

In addition to supporting green computing, PowerRecon 3.0 contains features that clearly position it as the essential planning and analysis product for medium and large data centers. With unprecedented data collection scalability and broad multiplatform coverage, PowerRecon provides a true enterprise-scale workload optimization, planning and analysis solution for large data centers.

New Features in PowerRecon 3.0

Power and Cooling Data Analysis – PowerRecon supports green data center initiatives by providing the unique ability to measure the effect server consolidation will have on power and cooling costs. This analysis adds another dimension to consolidation planning and return on investment (ROI) projections as well as environmental impact assessments.

Workload and Resource Utilization Forecasting – PowerRecon now enables organizations to better plan for infrastructure investment and server consolidation by creating reports and charts that accurately describe how one or a group of server workloads will use resources in the future based on historical trend data. Forecasted values for CPU, disk, memory and usage trends ensure that server consolidation projects can accommodate future growth.

Enterprise-Level Scalability – A single instance of PowerRecon now supports robust data collection, analysis and planning for up to 1,500 servers in the network. Multiple instances of PowerRecon can run together in the data center, enabling the solution to scale well beyond 1,500 servers. The enterprise-class scalability puts PowerRecon in a category all its own when it comes to support for large-scale data center consolidation projects.

Distributed Data Center Support – Organizations with multiple data center sites are now able to distribute PowerRecon to multiple geographical locations to remotely collect data and schedule updates to a master PowerRecon installation, enabling centralized analysis and planning for enterprise-wide initiatives like server or data center consolidation.

Custom Field Support – In addition to providing powerful remote data collection capabilities, PowerRecon now allows data center managers to add supplementary workload profile information for individual servers or groups of servers. The ability to capture data about physical location, rack size, business owner and power requirements in custom fields provides organizations with a complete picture of the IT environment for centralized analysis and reporting.

Broad Multiplatform Support – With the addition of support for Sun Solaris, customers with multiplatform environments can now inventory, analyze and report on Windows, Linux and UNIX systems onsite in the data center using a single data collection and analysis solution.

Automated Report Generation and Delivery – With advanced, schedule-based graphical reporting, PowerRecon enables customized reports to be automatically generated and delivered via email or FTP to IT optimization specialists and service providers so they can easily track the state of the data center from anywhere in the world.

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Virtualization News 04/13/07 07:15:25 PM EDT

California utility PG&E to offer rebates to organizations of $300 to $600 for each server eliminated through virtualization. New features in PowerRecon 3.0 include the ability for organizations to compare their current power and cooling costs against projected post-consolidation costs and build consolidation and workload protection plans that dramatically reduce the total server infrastructure required to host and protect the data center.