Features

Data collection
Take out the guesswork

Don’t rely on best guesses to identify underused physical servers and virtual hosts. PlateSpin® Recon's unique server profiling tracks actual CPU, disk, memory, and network utilization over time on both physical and virtual hosts.

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Remote data collection

PlateSpin Recon remotely collects inventory and performance data with no need to physically touch data center servers. Its run-once inventory collector gathers comprehensive server inventory data. Performance data is collected regularly via standard OS instrumentation capabilities. You can also import utilization data directly from your existing monitoring tools.

Analysis
Disaster recovery

Knowing the size of a server is only half the story. PlateSpin Recon monitors the rate of change of disk blocks, so you can accurately determine the most efficient replication frequencies to meet your objectives.

Increase visibility across multi-platform environments

With PlateSpin Recon you get a true enterprise-scale server analysis, planning, and management solution that works across different operating system, hypervisor, and server platforms.

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Server analysis

The PlateSpin Recon Capacity Planning Module automatically analyzes the five critical dimensions of server—CPU, disk, memory, network, and time—across thousands of servers simultaneously. This gives you consolidation plans that maximize utilization while minimizing resource contention.

Planning

Automatically generate server consolidation plans based on detailed server analysis to ensure the optimal fit between server servers and virtual resources. Stagger multiple servers evenly across virtual hosts and account for hourly peaks and valleys inherent in server utilization trends. The ability to use forecasted data ensures that plans are built to accommodate future growth.

Scenario comparisons

Create multiple custom scenarios with user-defined target server specifications, including server templates or existing virtual machine servers, to create an optimal consolidation plan.

Rich data modeling

Make better consolidation choices based on sophisticated analysis of resources, servers, and utilization trends. Tight integration with VMware vCenter provides greater visibility into your virtual infrastructure, improving data center management and operations.

Server and utilization forecasting

Predict future servers and resource utilization based on historical trends to better plan for server consolidation and infrastructure growth. This lets you be more proactive in your systems management. Forecasting data on CPU, disk, memory, and usage trends is presented in easy-to-read charts, reports, and plans.

Power and cooling analysis

Compare and contrast potential power and cooling cost savings and ROI derived from different consolidation scenarios. Custom fields allow power and cooling requirements for major hardware platforms to be maintained in a central database. This lets you analyze and cost-justify green computing initiatives.

Reporting and export
Extend the life of your virtual infrastructure

PlateSpin Recon's Virtual Capacity Management finds underused resources in your virtualized IT environment and lets you reclaim or reassign allocated resources.

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Resource reclamation

PlateSpin Recon's Resource Reclamation reports identify gaps between allocation and actual utilization. Closing these gaps maximizes the virtual resource capacity of existing infrastructure. This extends useful service life and lets you postpone new hardware purchases.

Integration
PlateSpin Migrate

After modeling multiple migration comparisons with PlateSpin Recon, export the best scenario to PlateSpin Migrate for immediate execution. There's no need to recreate scenarios or rediscover servers.

UPDATES IN LATEST VERSION
PlateSpin Recon 4.2

Introduces offline inventory support for Windows and Linux and adds support for new hypervisors, databases, server templates, and processors.

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