A common perception regarding virtualisation is that it is only suitable for companies large enough to deploy it. Virtualisation supplier PlateSpin is aiming to shatter this illusion.
The company has launched PowerStore, an online initiative, which it hopes will give small- to medium-sized businesses and department-level users of large organisations easier access to its server consolidation and virtualisation software.
PowerStore proposes to gives datacentre users the convenience to rent PlateSpin’s established enterprise-class PowerRecon and PowerConvert products that support virtualisation. The technology can be obtained directly from the PlateSpin website or through participating PlateSpin partner websites.
"The introduction of the PowerStore… creates an easy entry point for many companies that have invested in virtualisation," says Stephen Pollack, PlateSpin CEO.
Bob Gill, chief research officer of research firm TheInfoPro, says, "Usage-based pricing is an innovative pricing structure, which will be embraced by datacentres. By providing pricing structures that do not depend on CPU power or static allocation of physical boxes, [such] solutions are paving the way to [virtualisation] cost structures that are more equitable and affordable."
This was first published in September 2006