VMware has announced two new bundles of its suite of management and automation products for the data centre.
* The VMware IT Service Delivery Bundle includes all the products necessary to automate the lifecycle of IT services, from initial request to final retirement: VMware Lifecycle Manager and either VMware Lab Manager or VMware Stage Manager. These products use virtualisation to provide a more cost effective and powerful way to manage the entire software lifecycle. In particular, they enable end user self-provisioning of virtual machines, give IT departments complete control of virtual machine environments and provide the application owners with application release management. The new bundle will enhance the productivity of and empower application developers, testers, and IT administrators by helping to: manage virtual machine sprawl; quickly and conveniently build and deploy new environments; and deploy new services with minimal risk through the constancy of the development, test, staging, and deployment environments and the ability to specify and automate the rules around these processes.
* The VMware Management and Automation Bundle provides a single package for addressing both IT service delivery and business continuity. It includes VMware Lifecycle Manager, VMware Lab Manager, VMware Stage Manager, plus the disaster recovery product VMware Site Recovery Manager, a significant improvement over traditional tools for disaster recovery configuration, testing, and management.
A recent IDC study found that 80% of those surveyed believe that virtualisation improves their ability to manage and deliver IT services (IDC VM Infrastructure Multi-Client Study, 2007). VMware virtual machines encapsulate applications and operating systems in standardised, hardware-independent packages that can be easily changed, moved and manipulated. VMware's new portfolio of management and automation products leverage virtual machines to automate the steps of the IT service delivery and business continuity processes, eliminating repetitive tasks and minimising risk. This automation results in scalable, repeatable and efficient IT processes.
"The next step for virtualisation clearly centres around automating IT processes," said Stephen Elliot, research director at IDC. "It is no secret in the IT industry that the real cost of IT is the ongoing management, simply keeping the lights on. This is where IT is currently spending their time and effort. After having delivered significant cost savings through consolidation, the automation of both IT processes and technology tasks can help IT departments extricate themselves from the tactical, rote tasks and focus where they can have a real strategic impact."