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SolarWinds VM-To-Cloud Calculator

SolarWinds offers a host of free trials for its application, virtualization and network management software and other free tools, but its recently launched free VM-to-Cloud Calculator gives solution providers and users tangible data when considering moving virtual machines to the cloud. The free calculator takes inventory of all the VMs running on a user's network and after the user selects which VMs they want to move, the VM-to-Cloud Calculator estimates and compares costs for Amazon EC2, Windows Azure and Rackspace Cloud Servers. Highlights of the free tool include automatically inventorying virtual machines and capturing description, CPU, memory, storage and count; comparing cost estimates from major cloud providers; and generating updates as virtualized infrastructure evolves.

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