Novell Delivers New Capacity Tool to Give Deep Insight into Physical and Virtual Workload Storage

14 October 2009

Novell today announced the availability of PlateSpin Recon 3.7, the latest release of the data center workload profiling, analysis and planning tool that combines consolidation planning with capacity management to give customers an ongoing view of their physical and virtual infrastructure. With this version Novell has expanded PlateSpin Recon's resource analysis to include granular detail on current, historical, and expected future consumption of local and remote storage resources.

PlateSpin Recon collects workload inventory and utilization statistics for a clear and concise picture of all the hardware and application services running in the data center, including how and when their resources are being used. PlateSpin Recon takes the guesswork out of complex server consolidation and capacity planning initiatives and provides ongoing management of the resources and costs of an organization's physical and virtual infrastructure.

By tracking detailed metrics on storage usage over time, versus a simple point-in-time snapshot, PlateSpin Recon paints a true picture of how and when local and remote (iSCSI and FC SAN) storage resources (at both the physical disk and logical volume level) are being consumed by physical servers, as well as by virtual machines and host servers. Customers can use this information to reclaim unused storage, thereby postponing additional capital expense, and to accurately predict future requirements.

PlateSpin Recon 3.7 also includes expanded UNIX platform support, adding AIX workloads to its existing support for Solaris workloads. With support for Windows, Linux, UNIX and Solaris platforms, PlateSpin Recon 3.7 monitors, manages and reports on physical and virtual workloads and resources from the broadest range of virtualization platforms, operating systems and hardware in the industry.

PlateSpin Recon is an integral component of PlateSpin Virtualization and Workload Management solutions from Novell, which also include PlateSpin Forge, PlateSpin Orchestrate, PlateSpin Protect and PlateSpin Migrate. PlateSpin Virtualization and Workload Management solutions enable customers to profile, migrate, manage and protect server workloads.

PlateSpin Recon 3.7 is available now. For more information, visit


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