PlateSpin announces the next generation P2V tool: PowerP2V

As PlateSpin press released:

PlateSpin Ltd., a leading developer of solutions that bring flexibility and automation to the data center, announced the availability of PlateSpin PowerP2V(TM), the next generation platform for converting servers between physical and virtual machine architectures. The new platform allows data centers to dramatically accelerate their physical to virtual server consolidation programs by eliminating manual tasks, and reducing human error through automation.
PlateSpin PowerP2V brings increased scalability, flexibility, and extensibility to PlateSpin’s virtual automation technologies. It makes conversions between physical servers and VMware(TM) virtual machines quick and easy by offering a completely unattended conversion model that can scale to hundreds or even thousands of servers. The main features of the new PowerP2V platform include:

– Non-Invasive Discovery of Server Networks –
PowerP2V offers complete
auto discovery of physical and virtual machine servers, their hardware
configuration profiles, and their application profiles without the
need to manually install software agents. This enables users that are
performing migrations to see a 360 degree view of all their available
hardware assets instantly. PowerP2V does not require manual
installation of agents at any point in the conversion cycle,
eliminating human effort substantially, and removing the risk agent
software installation often entails.

– Dynamic Virtual Machine Configuration –
PowerP2V allows users to make
detailed changes to the destination configuration prior to the
conversion cycle, such as CPU, disk mapping, memory, and network
resources, from a single PowerP2V console from any machine in the
network. PowerP2V also handles SMP conversions so that you can scale
up or down the configuration during the conversion process.

– Support for Linux and Windows –
PowerP2V is the first solution
to allow the conversion of physical Linux machines to virtual machines
in addition to MS Windows 2003/2000/NT support.

– Virtual to Virtual Conversion –
In addition to its robust P2V
capabilities, PowerP2V has the ability to perform conversions
from virtual machine to virtual machine (V2V) which can help
with upgrading from older to newer VM versions or between different
virtualization technologies.

– Extensive driver support –
PowerP2V offers a wide array of support
for data center hardware configurations including mass storage
devices. New drivers that are released from hardware vendors can
be supported by PowerP2V quickly and easily.

– Enhanced user interface –
PowerP2V provides exclusive “drag-and-drop”
functionality through its graphical user interface. Users can
discover, deploy, and configure virtual machines anywhere on the
network and track each conversion based on granular details during
each step of the conversion process.

– Open Application Programming Interface –
PowerP2V offers
a comprehensive application programming interface (API) for customized
integration with third party applications. The API enables third party
applications to monitor and trigger tasks within the PowerP2V engine
and enables OEM providers to integrate PlateSpin’s conversion
technology into their own product offerings.

I really hope to publish a full review of it here soon. Stay tuned!