Platespin Server Consolidation 101

By: Jennifer Hanson

Servers are used to connect a large number of computers to the Internet. Servers can be found in both businesses and schools. Because of the large amount of support and power provided by servers, they can take up copious amounts of floor space and power. This can be very inconvenient for people trying to save space and run a server efficiently.

Server consolidation is often necessary in order to make the best use of a powerful server. Unfortunately, server consolidation processes can be quite the burden. Platespin server consolidation works to accelerate consolidation projects while reducing errors at the same time. Many users enjoy platespin server consolidation because actual physical contact with the machines is not necessary.

With Platespin technology, managers can both measure and evaluate the utilization of resources. With this knowledge, managers can speed up capacity planning for server consolidation projects. Information about the server is remotely gathered and then analyzed. Some of the information gathered is the server operating system, CPU speed, the type of network, and the memory. The operating systems that support Platespin are Windows NT, 2000, and 2003. When using Platespin server consolidation, no agents are needed. As a result, risks of losing specific agent dependencies are completely removed. Thus, fewer errors occur during the actual consolidation of servers. Many users also enjoy Platespin because of its simple design and the fact that it is lightweight. Adding another large machine to consolidate a server would not help save space. Because of their small size and user friendliness, Platespin server consolidators can be set up in as little as one minute.

With Platespin, the physical to virtual migration of data becomes entirely automated. This saves time and allows a server to be consolidated with ease. The interface is user friendly and utilizes a drag and drop feature. This feature allows machines running Windows or Linux to be converted into one virtual machine that is hosted on many different types of servers. Some of these servers include, but are not limited to, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, VMware GSX Server, or a Platespin Flexible Image file.

With Platespin server consolidation, network configurations, memory allocations, and CPU cycles can all be converted quickly and easily. This allows users to dramatically increase the number of servers that can be consolidated in data centers. This leads to a increased optimization for resource utilization rates.

Server consolidation is quintessential to saving energy and space. Platespin server consolidation allows this daunting task to be completed with relative ease. Additionally, it allows the task to be completed much faster than regular consolidation. With less time
spent on consolidating a server, more time can be spent on maintaining the server and using the server to accomplish other tasks.

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