We've done it: vConverter 5.0 is GA today and available immediately for download with a 90-day free trial.
We've had incredible reaction to the new P2V2P capabilities in the release, from popular Analyst including George Crump at Storage Switzerland and Roy Issley at Ovum. Here's what Roy has to say about the release:
“Virtualization has been used to increase efficiency of server utilization, but has tended to focus on ‘low hanging fruit’ such as file and print servers. The result is that many organizations operate mixed physical and virtual datacenters and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The role of P2V and V2P conversation represents a significant capability that is increasingly being seen as a requirement if organizations are to manage the datacenter more effectively.
Currently, the main hypervisor technologies, VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V are not compatible, therefore, any organization with a mixed estate has two pools of resource to manage; however, using virtual to virtual migration, organizations can move off-line VMs between technologies. This represents a significant step in making VMs truly portable.”
What's all the excitement about? Partially, it's the Hyper-V support. But primarily, it's the Virtual-to-Physical (V2P) conversion capability. With V2P, we've offering incredible flexibility for converting physical systems into Virtual Machine images, and then moving them anywhere for protection, replication, and recovery - using any type of system that is needed. Really, vConverter 5.0 is about removing the barriers that have existed between physical and virtual systems for management and data protection.
Here's just some of what you can do with the new P2V2P capabilities:
use virtual systems to ease physical system upgrades; use virtual systems to enable real-time load balancing; use virtual systems for more flexible data protection and disaster recovery of physical systems.
Use-Case Scenario: Physical System Upgrade
With vConverter, convert physical systems into VMs for upgrade, test and repair. Physical systems continue to run through the upgrade. Administrators can take advantage of the flexibility of virtual systems to more easily provision and test, before restoring the image to the original physical system. Here's what you gain:
Use-Case Scenario: Load Balancing
With vConverter, share loads between hypervisor platforms using conversion to move VMs back and forth between Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware platforms. Share loads between physical and virtual systems using the same process. Here's what you gain:
Use-Case Scenario: Protection and Disaster Recovery
Combine vConverter with vRanger Pro and vReplicator, to gain flexible backup, restore, and disaster recovery for physical and virtual systems.
These are just the use-cases that we can think of. P2V2P offers endless flexibility - and endless new best practices for managing physical systems and data in virtual environments. You can check out our growing Best Practices WIKI for yourself, and contribute your suggestions and ideas. We're offering cash prizes and peer recognition as an incentive to check it out!