Data migration tools are a tremendous boon to multi-vendor enterprises, and we can't help but note that they also provide vendors with a way to wedge into what once were proprietary environments.
Take the recent inclusion of Transitive's QuickTransit system on Hitachi's BladeSymphony 1000. The system provides a way for Solaris/Sparc customers to run applications on Xeon and Itanium 2 processors. It does this by running on top of the operating system, so Solaris apps can hop right over to a different platform without messy source code or binary changes.
This is certainly convenient for the Solaris user, who now has more hardware options, but the real winner here is Hitachi, which can now pitch the BladeSymphony and Virtage virtualization system as an effective means to separate software from a single hardware platform.
It probably won't be long before we see more vendors embed migration tools into hardware, for the benefit of customers, of course.