PlateSpin ULC, a Novell company, today announced the launch of PlateSpin PowerConvert Version 7.0 with new backup and recovery features and expanded multi-platform support to help enterprises migrate and protect server workloads across heterogeneous physical and virtual IT environments. The company states that this is the first major product release since the company was acquired by Novell in March 2008 and that PowerConvert 7.0 gives customers a solution to simplify the management of server workloads in their heterogeneous data centres.
The company explains that with extended support for Linux and Windows-based workloads, PowerConvert provides new image-based disaster recovery capabilities and migration speed enhancements for large-scale implementations. In addition to providing enhanced SUSE Linux Enterprise support, PowerConvert now provides broader support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, as well as support for critical 64-Bit Microsoft Windows Server-based workloads and Citrix XenServer environments. It adds that PowerConvert provides the flexibility to optimize data centres by decoupling server workloads from the underlying hardware and streaming them over the network between physical servers, blade infrastructures, virtual hosts and image archives.
"Since Novell's acquisition of PlateSpin in March, the two organizations have worked closely to put in place a data centre strategy and product roadmap to help customers achieve an agile enterprise in which business services can span physical and virtual environments," said Stephen Pollack, chief executive officer of PlateSpin, a Novell company. "To build the next-generation data centre infrastructure, organizations need enterprise-caliber multi-platform workload portability, robust and scalable workload protection and reliable policy-based orchestration, PlateSpin PowerConvert 7.0 is designed to help customers achieve this flexibility and maximize their investment in virtualization."
"Since implementing PlateSpin PowerConvert, we have realized tangible benefits and savings," said Steve Houghton, infrastructure solutions architect, Norwich Union IT Solutions, an Aviva company. "We have seen a significant improvement in the performance of the data centre with scheduling and remote management tools at our fingertips and an increase in productivity with over 1,000 virtual machines in operation. PowerConvert has been instrumental to ensuring the day-to-day running of business functions and has given us the opportunity to reduce emissions, cut costs and increase efficiencies across the board."
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