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VMware ups level of data centre automation

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VMware has showcased four new virtual machine management products that bring unprecedented automation of IT service delivery and business continuity to the datacenter.

These products extend the VMware virtualisation platform by automating previously error-prone, slow and manual processes. VMware's new products take advantage of VMware VMotion and the virtual machine packaging of an application and operating system to provide one uniform way to capture and automate processes.
Today's IT departments are under increasing pressure to create, deliver and maintain flexible and resilient IT services that respond to changing business conditions and withstand any type of downtime. The process of IT service delivery typically includes multiple steps: build, deploy, update, monitor, recover, and retire. IT departments are often overwhelmed with the sheer number of one-off requests for providing new IT services or updating existing ones.
Administrators also lack visibility into the status of IT services leading to risk exposures or errors. Business continuity has also traditionally been an intractable problem.
VMware's new products leverage virtual machines to automate the steps of the IT service delivery and business continuity processes, eliminating repetitive, rote tasks and minimizing the margin for error. The result can be scalable, repeatable and efficient IT processes.
VMware is introducing three IT service delivery products: VMware Lifecycle Manager, VMware Lab Manager and VMware Stage Manager.
Each product extends the VMware Infrastructure platform and uses virtual machines and VMware VMotion to automate the entire lifecycle of service delivery.
VMware Lifecycle Manager addresses the needs of infrastructure administrators, and allows companies to implement a consistent and automated process for requesting, approving, deploying, updating, and retiring virtual machines.
VMware Lab Manager addresses the needs of development and QA engineers, and the IT teams that support them by providing  fast and simple self-service provisioning of multi-tier virtual machine based environments while enabling IT control over policies.
VMware Stage Manager addresses the needs of  the IT and application administrators responsible for rolling new and updated IT services into production, enabling streamlined and accelerated transition of applications through the pre-production stages – including integration, testing, staging, user acceptance testing – and into production.
For business continuity, VMware is introducing VMware Site Recovery Manager which can make disaster recovery rapid, reliable, and manageable. Traditional disaster recovery solutions are slow and prone to failures because they involve many manual and complex steps, are almost impossible to test, and require exact duplication of the production data center hardware to ensure reliable recovery.
VMware Site Recovery Manager uses hardware and operating system independent mobile virtual machines to deliver a groundbreaking solution, which can make disaster recovery more rapid, reliable, manageable, and affordable.  Site Recovery Manager delivers centralised management of recovery plans, automates the recovery process, and enables dramatically better testing of recovery plans.
"Customers have been deploying VMware Infrastructure as their strategic virtualisation platform to reduce capital and operating expenses, help ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green," says Raghu Raghuram, vice-president of products and solutions.
"Automation is the next stage for the virtual datacenter. The new VMware products are designed to increase the productivity of IT administrators by preventing virtual machine sprawl, enabling business users to self-provision capacity on demand, and will bring unprecedented levels of resiliency to all software applications running in VMware virtual machines."