Buyers of the VMware P2V Migrations Jumpstart service will receive the VMware P2V Assistant product for free, VMware announced last week.
The VMware P2V Migrations Jumpstart service is an on-site consulting workshop that supports third-party consultants and users moving and consolidating existing physical servers into VMware virtual machines.
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P2V migrations are aimed at users involved in server consolidation or legacy migration projects where recreating existing servers is not feasible or practical.
The VMware P2V Assistant, offered under a free licence, is an enterprise migration tool that lets users migrate existing physical systems, ranging from Windows NT 4 to Windows Server 2003, into VMware virtual machines.
Jeffrey Engelmann, VMware executive vice-president of marketing, said the tool can be used to convert physical servers into virtual machines. He said this provides users with a way to extend the life of critical applications, replacing older hardware with state-of-the-art systems, and so gain substantial operating cost efficiencies.