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What’s happening with P2V?

Recently Quest Software announced the End of Life (EOL) of vConverter. They will stop selling it at the end of this month and stop offering support a year after that. Here’s a copy of the announcement to partners:

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So, is there a new product on the horizon or are Quest seeing / foreseeing a decline in the market for P2V? It’s a legitimate entry point into virtualisation although whenever possible I’d recommend re-platforming applications or migrating data instead of using P2V as you get a clean, optimised server out of it.

Time will tell, it’ll be interesting to see what happens to PlateSpin, vCenter Converter etc.

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Data Rates and P2V

Recently I’ve been working on a project involving some P2V work. Don’t be too surprised – some companies may be 80, 90 or even 100% virtualised already but there are plenty out there that either haven’t started yet or aren’t that far down the road of getting their server estate into a Virtual Infrastructure.

Particularly when it comes to virtualising production servers, the big question that comes up when it comes to arranging downtime for applications / servers and raising change requests is: “How long is it going to take?”

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