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Novell Releases PlateSpin Recon 3.6


First server workload profiling, analysis and planning solution to give customers ongoing visibility into their virtual infrastructure

WALTHAM, Mass. - Novell today announced the availability of PlateSpin® Recon 3.6 , the first data center workload profiling, analysis and planning tool to combine consolidation planning with virtual capacity management to give customers an ongoing view of their physical and virtual infrastructure.

As customers embrace virtualization in the data center, they need comprehensive information about their physical and virtual server workloads, collected over time, to give a true picture of how resources are being used. PlateSpin Recon 3.6 allows data center managers to gain new insight into their virtual infrastructure, not only to better plan the initial virtualization initiative, but also to maximize the return on their virtualization investment and avoid or postpone costly hardware purchases over time.

Designed to take the guesswork out of complex server consolidation and capacity planning initiatives, PlateSpin Recon 3.6 offers best-fit scenario modeling that increases server consolidation ratios while simultaneously minimizing resource contention. Post-consolidation, PlateSpin Recon continues to track and analyze key resource utilization metrics as workloads change over time, so customers can re-assess and re-optimize their virtual infrastructures, increase workload performance, and reclaim and redeploy underutilized resources.

“Virtualization initiatives cannot be successful without a thorough understanding of the server workloads running in the data center,” said Richard Whitehead, director of product marketing for data center solutions at Novell. “To ensure a maximum return on investment, successful data center initiatives require upfront planning and analysis. PlateSpin Recon 3.6 not only helps with the upfront planning, but is versatile enough to continue to track important utilization metrics over time, ensuring ongoing efficiency, productivity and return on investment.”

PlateSpin Recon remotely discovers hardware and software inventory across the data center, on the industry’s broadest range of operating systems, virtualization platforms and hardware. By examining resource utilization – CPU, disk, memory and network – for each workload over time, it ensures the optimal fit between real workload requirements and available or planned resources. PlateSpin Recon matches utilization peaks and valleys across workloads to fit more workloads onto each virtual host, optimizing resource utilization. It also identifies gaps between virtual resource allocation and actual usage: minimizing these gaps maximizes the virtual resource capacity of existing IT infrastructure, extending useful service life and postponing new hardware purchases.

PlateSpin Recon provides powerful virtual infrastructure management features to help organizations monitor and manage the growth of virtual machines, avoid virtual infrastructure sprawl and automate IT chargeback for physical and virtual resources. New features in Version 3.6 include:

* Resource reclamation reports that offer customers graphical proof points to show resource consumption and reclaimable resources;
* The ability to include virtual clusters in virtual infrastructure reports;
* Support for SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server 11;
* Solaris Containers support, allowing customers to plan migrations of Solaris workloads to Solaris Containers;
* A new licensing model offering less expensive ongoing analysis of both physical and virtual data center infrastructures.

“We have always recommended PlateSpin Recon to our customers as the best solution for consolidation planning. Its intelligent algorithms consistently give higher consolidation ratios than other products, putting more VMs on each virtual host, meaning less hardware and licenses to buy and lowering the initial capital expense.” said Damon Brown, CTO, Govplace.“The new virtual capacity management features make it a simple decision to keep using PlateSpin Recon after the initial consolidation exercise. As workloads in the data center evolve over time, increasing or decreasing resource utilization, PlateSpin Recon helps manage and balance these changing needs with the available resources. Even when the virtualization platform shows maximum resource allocation, PlateSpin Recon identifies underutilized resources to be reclaimed and reassigned.”

PlateSpin Recon, along with the other products in the PlateSpin workload management family – PlateSpin Migrate, PlateSpin Orchestrate, PlateSpin Protect and PlateSpin Forge – enables customers to profile, migrate, protect and manage server workloads between physical and virtual infrastructures in heterogeneous IT environments. PlateSpin Workload Management from Novell is the only solution on the market today to support 32-and 64-bit Windows and Linux servers, as well as all leading hypervisors including VMware ESX and ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Virtual Iron, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server with integrated Xen.

PlateSpin Recon 3.6 is available immediately. For more information about this announcement, see

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers the best engineered, most interoperable Linux platform and a portfolio of integrated IT management software that helps customers around the world reduce cost, complexity and risk. With our infrastructure software and ecosystem of partnerships, Novell harmoniously integrates mixed IT environments, allowing people and technology to work as one. For more information, visit

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