A quick product announcement for you: Scalent and 3Leaf have teamed up the Scalent V/OE server repurposing software with the V-8000 Virtual I/O Server. It looks like a union that could greatly improve the ability to maintain operational and SLA levels while servers are being repurposed.
Part of this is due to the flexibility found in the virtual I/O's ability to forge more connections between servers, storage and network elements. Right off the bat, you have a server repurposing tool that can accomplish the job in minutes rather than hours, without moving cables or reconfiguring resources.
For ongoing operations, the Scalent software gives you the ability to boot any software stack from any SAN LUN you choose, either physical or virtual. High-priority applications can be assigned mainframe-class availability, and servers can be made to mimic one another by automatically reallocating resources.
This is the second major move for 3Leaf since it launched the V-8000 in May. Earlier this month, the company announced it was furthering its development pact with AMD (the V-8000 is built on the AMD64) as it expands the Virtual Computer Environment (VCE) product line.
All that's needed now are a few showcase installations to see how it operates in real-world situations.