December 10, 2007
TORONTO and LONDON, Dec. 6 -- PlateSpin Ltd., a leading provider of unified workload lifecycle management solutions for the enterprise datacenter, today announced an innovative disaster recovery hardware appliance for protecting physical and virtual server workloads using VMware infrastructure as a foundation for the solution. PlateSpin Forge is a purpose-built consolidated recovery solution that includes prepackaged and preconfigured hardware, software and virtual infrastructure to dramatically accelerate deployment, simplify configuration and reduce total cost of ownership. PlateSpin Forge’s unique combination of simplicity and cost-effectiveness makes it ideal for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as departmental or branch office use within larger enterprises.
“Traditional recovery infrastructures have failed to keep pace with business requirements,” said Stephen Pollack, founder and CEO of PlateSpin Ltd. “Organizations often have had to choose between costly and complex clustering and high-end replication solutions or suboptimal lower-cost alternatives like tape backups that can be slow and cumbersome to test and restore. Offering a comprehensive, affordable and easy-to-use appliance for protecting the majority of workloads in the datacenter, PlateSpin Forge provides a new alternative for deploying and managing disaster recovery solutions. With PlateSpin Forge, organizations can achieve recovery time and point objectives that approach the level of protection provided by clustering for a cost that is closer to imaging and tape backup solutions. As enterprises explore new ways to extend their use of infrastructure virtualization technologies, PlateSpin Forge makes it easy and affordable to implement, manage and test a virtual recovery infrastructure designed to protect both physical and virtual assets in the datacenter.”
“Consolidation was the primary driver that fueled the first wave of server virtualization adoption, and affordable resiliency will fuel the next wave,” according to Stephanie Balaouras and Christopher Voce of Forrester Research (Forrester, "X86 Server Virtualization for High Availability and Disaster Recovery,” Oct. 24, 2007). “Virtualization has lowered the cost of providing resiliency to a low enough point that firms are all but obliged to consider deploying virtualization to support a much broader set of applications than they might have in the past.”
“The requirement for disaster recovery is driving the increasing adoption of virtualization in the datacenter,” said Brian Byun, vice president of global partners and solutions at VMware. “We look forward to PlateSpin’s new Forge to provide our joint customers with a simplified solution for protecting their physical and virtual workloads.”
Building on PlateSpin’s track record of offering cost-effective consolidated recovery options that leverage virtualization, PlateSpin Forge is the next logical step toward reducing the cost, complexity and risk associated with implementing and testing a recovery solution. Providing complete system and data protection in an easy-to-implement package that includes Dell hardware, storage and application costs, PlateSpin Forge puts full workload protection and recovery within reach for all organizations regardless of size or recovery budget. Moreover, the turnkey PlateSpin solution reduces the time and specialized technical resources needed to plan, provision and deploy a recovery environment. With PlateSpin Forge, organizations can begin protecting their physical and virtual workloads in a matter of hours as opposed to months.
“Dell’s collaboration with enterprise solution providers such as PlateSpin helps drive IT simplification into the datacenter in new ways,” said Rick Becker, vice president of solutions for the Dell Product Group. “By combining our award-winning PowerEdge servers with PlateSpin’s new virtualized data protection appliance, customers can greatly reduce the cost and complexity associated with disaster recovery and begin focusing more on innovation and growing their businesses.”
In terms of total cost of ownership, PlateSpin Forge offers an extremely affordable alternative to traditional recovery infrastructures and host-based replication solutions which typically require costly one-to-one hardware and software redundancy. By consolidating workloads onto the purpose-built PlateSpin Forge appliance, organizations can achieve a 25:1 workload protection ratio without incurring the expense of duplicate hardware and software licensing costs.
Key Features of PlateSpin Forge include:
PlateSpin provides a unified suite of solutions to help enterprises adopt, manage and extend their use of server virtualization in the datacenter. PlateSpin’s patent-pending conversion and optimization technology liberates software from hardware platforms, allowing servers to be streamed over the enterprise network from any source to any destination. This freedom of movement ensures the best fit between server resource supply and application workload demands. Global 2000 companies use PlateSpin solutions to lower costs and solve today’s most pressing datacenter initiatives such as server consolidation, disaster recovery and hardware migration. For more information, visit www.platespin.com.
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