March 31, 2008 - VMware, Inc. announced the general availability of VMware Lifecycle Manager.


The new product provides control over the virtual environment, showing who owns a virtual machine, when it was requested, who approved it, where it is deployed, how long it has been in operation and when it is scheduled to be decommissioned. VMware Lifecycle Manager also gives IT managers the ability to measure and chargeback the use of virtual machines to individual department owners. The automation and control of the entire virtual machine lifecycle eliminates manual and repetitive tasks that often introduce errors, and it enables the business to be in strict compliance with IT policies and standards.


VMware virtual machines encapsulate applications and operating systems in portable and manageable “containers.” The portability and manageability characteristics of virtual machines makes them well suited for capturing and automating IT processes such as service delivery. VMware Lifecycle Manager allows companies to implement a consistent and automated process for requesting, approving, deploying, updating and retiring virtual machines.


“VMware Lifecycle Manager allows customers to fully automate the provisioning, charging back and decommissioning of virtual machines,” said Raghu Raghuram, vice president of products and solutions at VMware. “VMware Lifecycle Manager is integral to the many new products VMware is bringing to market to offer unprecedented levels of automation and control across datacenters.”


With VMware Lifecycle Manager, customers can:

  • Create a catalog of standard IT services. Users can select from a pre-defined menu of virtual machines with different properties such as processor and memory.
  • Streamline requests and approvals. VMware Lifecycle Manager establishes a mechanism to route and approve all requests for virtual machines, ensuring compliance with internal policies.
  • Track and control virtual machines. Lifecycle Manager provides an easy to use Web interface for tracking virtual machine deployments so IT administrators can know exactly when requests were made, approved or denied; when and where virtual machines are deployed; and how long they have been in operation.
  • Eliminate manual, repetitive and error-prone tasks. It automates each step in the virtual machine lifecycle based on predefined policies.
  • Assign Chargeback Metrics. It enables IT to associate chargeback metrics to specific virtual machine deployments and resource pools. These chargeback metrics can be assigned to specific business groups, and tied in to existing financial systems.
  • Integrate with existing management tools. It provides APIs for integration with other IT operational tools such as trouble ticketing, change management, and asset management.

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