Sunday Oct 04, 2009

Platespin and Ops Center

Platespin is one of the companies that most effectively rode the first wave of virtualization mania.  It became the most popular Physical to Virtual (p2v) solution for VMware and has since branched out from there into other areas.  Then, last year Platespin was acquired by Novell.  Platespin continues to operate as a fairly autonomous division of Novell and to be hugely popular.

Back in July of this year, it was announced that Platespin's flagship product Migrate would support automated p2v migrations for bare metal Solaris 10 instances into Solaris Containers.  This is a huge boon to Solaris customers interested in consolidating multiple, older hardware systems onto a more modern Sun server.  Now they can p2v their Solaris workloads using exactly the same well-loved user interface they use to consolidate Windows and Linux work-loads onto VMware.

The timing of this release from Platespin couldn't have been better for Ops Center customers.  We've been certifying our recently announced Solaris Container management capabilities with Containers created by Platespin, and are really excited about the potential.  Just to give you a taste of what the combination can do I've put two screenshots below.  The first shows the Platespin interface migrating a system into a Container.  The second shows Ops Center managing the zone after discovering it and adding to it's managed asset list.

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