Software enables universal OS Portability(TM) migration.

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PlateSpin PowerConvert(TM) provides anywhere-to-anywhere workload portability of data, applications, and operating systems for server consolidation, disaster recovery, rapid provisioning, hardware migrations and continuous data center optimization. Designed to optimize use of Intel-based data center resources, it automates migration between physical servers, virtual machines, and image archives in different combinations from single point of remote control.

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Platespin Introduces the World's First Universal OS Portability(TM) Migration Software Spanning the Intel Infrastructure in the Data Center

PlateSpin PowerConvert(TM) provides anywhere-to-anywhere workload portability of data, applications, and operating systems for server consolidation, disaster recovery, rapid provisioning, hardware migrations and continuous data center optimization

Toronto, ON - Jul 20, 2005: PlateSpin Ltd today announces the general availability of the first PlateSpin PowerConvert modules, the industry's first anywhere-to-anywhere OS Portability migration solution for optimizing the use of Intel-based data center resources. From most any source, to most any target in the data center, PlateSpin PowerConvert automates the migration of data, applications, and operating systems to the servers that best match the service level needs of the workload, all from a single point of! remote control.

"With PlateSpin PowerConvert, we have crossed the last mile of adaptability in the data center, now offering IT managers the freedom and flexibility to stay on top of an ever changing environment" said Stephen Pollack, PlateSpin CEO. "Our customers are raving about the ability to completely liberate the software layer from the hardware infrastructure, giving them the freedom to use their existing physical and virtual infrastructure in the way that is most appropriate for the unique needs of their data center."

"We consider PlateSpin to be the market leader in producing software that enables organizations to better manage their data center resources and aid the transition from physical to virtual infrastructure" said Matthew Legg, Senior Architectural Consultant, Technical Architecture Solutions. "The release of PlateSpin PowerConvert and its ability to perform multi-directional conversions has increased the flexibility of PlateSpin's solutions allowing us to provide innovative solutions to our client's data centre, disaster recovery and availability needs."

PlateSpin PowerConvert is built on PlateSpin's industry proven OS Portability technology to provide solutions for server consolidation, business continuity, rapid provisioning and to address the ongoing data center optimization needs of an enterprise. Currently available in three different configurations that each provide the capability to migrate between physical servers, virtual machines, and image archives in different combinations, PlateSpin PowerConvert is matched with the unique needs of enterprise data center customers.

PlateSpin PowerConvert Universal

The full-featured package that includes all migrations in any-direction between physical servers, virtual machines, and image archives to provide the ultimate flexibility and adaptability. PlateSpin PowerConvert Universal can be used for server consolidation, disaster recovery, hardware migrations, rapid provisioning, and ongoing data center optimization.

PlateSpin PowerConvert for Consolidation

The 100% automated physical-to-virtual migration tool for those with VMware® or Microsoft® virtual infrastructures.

PlateSpin PowerConvert for Recovery

The hardware independent solution that uses PlateSpin's OS Portability technology to enable automated recovery restore to the most suitable hardware using image or backup archives (such as Acronis® True Image(TM), Symantec® LiveState(TM))

"With PlateSpin PowerConvert, we have created a number of solution-specific packages to provide the most relevant configurations to our customers" said Stephen Pollack. "Customers can choose from configurations that provide the functionality most relevant to their intended usage, including a full-featured universal package addressing all of their migration needs."

"PlateSpin PowerConvert's ability to automate the migration process across the enterprise is allowing us to complete our server migration and consolidation projects in record time and under budget" said a PlateSpin Customer in the manufacturing sector. "Now we can even perform physical-to-physical and virtual-to-physical migrations, making it easier than ever to virtualize our environment and ease the pain from end of lease hardware migrations."

Server consolidations that maximize the use of Virtual Machines

Server consolidation projects typically require manually rebuilding server environments which is time consuming and requires intimate system knowledge. PlateSpin PowerConvert for Consolidation allows users to create and configure new machines as a physical server or virtual image through a simple drag and drop interface. Files are copied directly from the source to the target, drivers and system files are updated, all from a single point of control without having to visit either the source or target machines. When combined with PlateSpin PowerRecon, the two products provide a comprehensive solution for planning and executing server consolidation.

With PlateSpin PowerConvert for Consolidation, data center managers can leverage their VMware ESX Servers(TM), VMware GSX Servers(TM), and Microsoft Virtual Servers(TM) to quickly achieve a return on investment. Since no contact is required with either the source or target machine, consolidations can span the entire enterprise no matter how geographically distributed the servers are.

Rapid recovery to ensure Business Continuity

Maintaining business continuity requires reliable and repeatable processes that can quickly adapt to the introduction of new hardware, software, and processes. Most recovery systems are hardware dependant, and costly to maintain. They either include restoring backup or images to like hardware or require the rebuilding of a system and restoring data from tape. PlateSpin PowerConvert for Recovery breaks the hardware dependency of today's backup solutions and enables adaptable restore to the hardware most suitable. Until now, recovery options were limited to compatible hardware or time consuming system rebuilds. PlateSpin PowerConvert for Recovery offers the ability to combine different image or backup archives, enabling a flexible and unattended recovery solution.

Hardware migrations for Blade Servers

Data center managers are constantly dealing with machines that are nearing the end of the lease, and the subsequent introduction of new hardware. The migration of key applications from old to new hardware requires the rebuilding of systems which is time consuming and costly leading to critical applications running on out dated hardware. PlateSpin PowerConvert Universal provides easy and seamless migration of workload to the new hardware, along with the consolidation and recovery functionality described above. Transfer operating systems, applications and data reliably and automatically from one server to another, including Blade frames. Any necessary changes to operating systems are done on-the-fly for quick deployment.

PlateSpin PowerConvert automatically adapts to target infrastructure making it ideal for the rapid and flexible provisioning of new services with fewer templates to manage. The ability of PowerConvert to move applications also makes it perfect for moving applications between production and the test lab.

Join PlateSpin CEO Stephen Pollack, and IDC Analyst Kelly Quinn, on July 27, 2005 for an exclusive webinar on data center optimization, and for a more in-depth look at PlateSpin PowerConvert and how it can reduce the total cost of ownership in the data center by breaking the barrier between the hardware infrastructure and the software running on it. For registration details and additional information, please visit

Pricing and Availability

PlateSpin PowerConvert is available now in 3 different configurations: PlateSpin PowerConvert Universal; PlateSpin PowerConvert for Consolidation; and PlateSpin PowerConvert for Recovery. Each configuration includes the capability to migrate between physical servers, virtual machines, and image archives in different combinations, to meet the needs of our customers. PlateSpin PowerConvert Universal is the full-featured package that includes all migrations in any-direction.

PlateSpin PowerConvert is licensed based upon the number of migrations performed or number of servers it will be used on, depending on the package selected. Prices start at USD$1,995 for a 10 migration pack of PlateSpin PowerConvert for Consolidation. Volume discounts are available depending upon the number of uses, number of servers and the package requested. For more information, please contact PlateSpin at or a PlateSpin partner at

Existing customers of PlateSpin PowerP2V with current maintenance contracts, are eligible for a time-limited free upgrade to PowerConvert for Consolidation. Customers can also upgrade their PlateSpin PowerP2V license to PowerConvert for Recovery or Universal to gain additional capabilities.

About PlateSpin

PlateSpin is a leading supplier of technology and solutions that help companies measure, consolidate and optimize the server resources in the data center. With well over 450 customers and 85 resellers, PlateSpin is providing the world's first fully automated operating environment portability platform to world-class enterprises looking to balance and optimize the use of both physical and virtual infrastructure server environments to improve service levels and lower operational costs. PlateSpin was recently named one of the top 25 up-and-coming technology companies by The Branham Group and has won the 2005 International Business Award for Best New Company.

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Mark Pileski
Marketing Communications Manager

Source: Press Release Network

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