VMWare launches Lab Manager

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VMWare launches Lab Manager

VMware has unveiled VMware Lab Manager, which claims to enable enterprise software development organisations to more efficiently utilise software development and test lab assets, accelerate software development cycles and increase the quality of delivered software products.

VMware Lab Manager aims to offer benefits including: reduced development and test lab capital and lower operating costs by using a shared pool of server, networking and other software lab resources.
It hopes to achieve faster software development cycles by eliminating manual system setup and provisioning tasks; and improved software quality with “closed-loop” reporting, troubleshooting and resolution. It hopes flexible and secure outsourcing will be achieved by providing secure remote access to a software lab that can host remote developer desktops and provide remote access to shared complex lab configurations. Intellectual property remains secure by staying within the VMware Lab Manager environment rather than being replicated to offsite facilities.

VMware Lab Manager is designed for use in the development, test and integration stages of the software lifecycle process, sitting alongside VMware VirtualCenter, which supports the production-oriented stages of the process: staging, deployment and management of production software systems. Users can be local or remote, enabling customers with remote development and test teams to share lab assets and machine images.

Dan Chu, vice-president of emerging products and markets at VMware, says that Lab Manager “leverages VMware infrastructure to simplify and streamline the software lifecycle, automating the setup, capture, storage and sharing of multi-machine software configurations and making them available on demand to development and test teams through a self-service portal.

The public beta version is available for download at http://www.vmware.com/products/labmanager/ and will be available from next month.

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