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The new product shows 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 charge back the use of virtual machines to individual department owners.
VMware said the automation and control of the entire virtual machine life-cycle eliminates manual and repetitive tasks that often introduce errors. It also enables the business to be in strict compliance with IT policies and standards, said the supplier.