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VMware offers free help for virtual moves

Buyers of the VMware P2V Migrations Jumpstart service will receive the VMware P2V Assistant product for free, VMware announced last week.

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.

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.

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