PlateSpin launches capacity planning and P2V tools for rent

Quoting from the PlateSpin official announcement:

PlateSpin today announced the availability of PowerStore, an online initiative which will give SMB/SME and department-level users of large organizations easier access to PlateSpin’s server consolidation and virtualization software products. PowerStore gives data center users the convenience to rent PlateSpin PowerRecon and PowerConvert directly from the PlateSpin website or through participating PlateSpin partner websites via any major credit card.

PlateSpin PowerRecon comes in three packages: inventory, monitoring, and planning. The inventory version agentlessly gathers software and hardware inventory from x86 machines running Windows and Linux free of charge. The monitoring option adds workload utilization collection for $1 per server per day (until November 30, 2006), and the planning option automatically creates consolidation plans based on collected data for $2 per server per day.

PlateSpin PowerConvert is also available for rent in the PlateSpin PowerStore for $280 per conversion. When used in conjunction with PowerRecon, users can create complete consolidation plans and automatically load jobs into PowerConvert for the migration phase of their consolidation project…

I consider this one a big opportunity. Not mainly for PowerConvert, but mostly for PowerRecon which is an fundamental tool for candidate recognition in virtualization adoption projects.

Also, having it free of charge for virtual machines discovery and inventory is a huge plus.