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PowerConvert for Consolidation

Manually rebuilding server environments is laborious, requiring intimate system knowledge and extensive testing. With a simple drag and drop, PlateSpin PowerConvert for Consolidation creates and configures the consolidated machine as a physical server, blade server or virtual machine. Files are copied directly from the source to the target, automatically updating the drivers and system files in the process. You can change host names, IP addresses, select which drives to copy and even resize them in the process, all from a single point of control.


Accelerate Consolidation Projects from a Single Point of Control 
 
PowerConvertConsolidationManually rebuilding server environments is laborious, requiring intimate system knowledge and extensive testing. With a simple drag and drop, PlateSpin PowerConvert for Consolidation creates and configures the consolidated machine as a physical server, blade server or virtual machine. Files are copied directly from the source to the target, automatically updating the drivers and system files in the process. You can change host names, IP addresses, select which drives to copy and even resize them in the process, all from a single point of control. 

100% automated conversions between physical servers, virtual machines, or server images.  
 
Manage by Exception with “Lights-out” Conversions
Remote and concurrent execution of discovery, conversion and deployment tasks eliminates the need to physically visit servers. Schedule deployments in advance to run during your maintenance window, or at the time most convenient for your IT operations. Email notifications allow you to manage your conversions by exception, and use your time to attend to other critical tasks rather than monitoring the process.

Automated Physical-to-Virtual Conversions 
Accelerate consolidation projects
Automatically convert physical servers to virtual machines on VMware or Microsoft virtual infrastructures. The resultant virtual machine is a replica of the original source machine with all operating system, application and data intact. 
 
Automatic Discovery
View your entire landscape for easy deployment
Automatically discover your existing physical or virtual machines through the network, without agent installations or boot CDs. You get complete hardware, OS and application inventory to help you identify servers for consolidation without needing to be in physical contact with the source or target servers. 
 
Remote Control
Reduce overhead through a remote and single point conversion control
No boot CDs and no physical contact with source or target machines is required, saving time and cost related to having IT staff on site at remote locations.
 
On-the-fly Configuration
Adapt quickly to available resources
Reconfigure and right-size CPU, disk, memory and network resources on-the-fly to adjust to target machine resources and match workload needs. Change critical parameters on restore and right-size the target to match workload needs.
 
Image Support
Multiple Image support leverages your existing inventory
Reuse, and redeploy images (PlateSpin or Third-Party) over and over, across different hardware for quick conversion deployment. Capture it once, re-use it repeatedly
 
PlateSpin Flexible Images 
Saves time and effort
Capture server images remotely without the need to visit servers, saving time and human effort. Since no software or agents are installed on the imaged server, change request needs are minimized. Schedule image captures to keep image repositories updated for quick image deployment in the future.
 
Source System Integrity
Minimizes risk
Source systems remain unchanged. After the conversion, the system optionally restarts the source machine and you’re production-ready.
 
Drag and Drop Interface
Reduces the learning curve and shortens the time to convert
Expertise is built in. Advanced OS or virtual knowledge not required. Use the drag-and-drop interface to discover and convert. 

Screenshots
 
Moving servers between infrastructure environments is as easy as 1-2-3:

Server View
STEP 1: Discover – The PowerConvert Server View displays the automatically discovered servers on the network. Simply drag a physical server, virtual machine or server image to start the conversion.
 
Job Configuration
STEP 2: Configure – Configure the Job, virtual machine, network, drive, and OS attributes plus many other options to optimize the target server as part of the conversion.
 
Job View
STEP 3: Monitor – The PlateSpin PowerConvert Job View lets you monitor the progress of a conversion or job deployment through real-time job views. Real-time email alerts allow you to perform ”Lights-Out” conversions.
 
Properties
STEP 4: Properties – If desired, view a more detailed inventory of discovered servers
 
Properties Properties

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