Provider of unified workload lifecycle management solutions for enterprise data centres, PlateSpin, has announced the release of PlateSpin Forge, an innovative disaster recovery hardware appliance for protecting physical and virtual server workloads. PlateSpin Forge is a purpose-built consolidated recovery solution that includes pre-packaged and preconfigured hardware, software and virtual infrastructure. The solution aims to dramatically accelerate deployment, simplify configuration and reduce total cost of ownership.Greg Cullen, Regional Director Asia Pacific for PlateSpin, described PlateSpin Forge as an “all in one” solution, as the package includes hardware, storage and software. “This solution is ideal for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as larger enterprises,” Cullen stated. “It uses VMware infrastructure as a foundation, which means it offers a unique combination of simplicity and cost-effectiveness.”There are also numerous benefits to channel partners. “Forge substantially reduces the sales cycle to about 90 days,” said Cullen. “It also comes with great margin opportunities, as margins are around 25%.”PlateSpin Forge was released in the US in January, and Cullen stated that the uptake has been extremely strong and has exceeded expectations. The solution is now shipping in Asia Pacific through PlateSpin channel partners including Datacom and Softsource in New Zealand.