Workgroup has announced the local availability of new technology from VMware, VMware Lifecycle Manager, which will allow users to implement a consistent, automated process for managing the lifecycle of virtual machines in the data centre, from provisioning to operation to retirement.

With Lifecycle Manager, users can now automate the virtualization workflow to improve efficiency and productivity while ensuring strict corporate compliance with company policies, says Angeline de Castro, business unit manager: virtualization at Workgroup.
“Users will be able to track and control virtual machines using a consistent approval process and use automation to reduce the cost of administration and management of the virtual environment,” says De Castro.
“Lifecycle Management offers an easy-to-use Web interface for managing interactions throughout the entire lifecycle of a virtual machine, from establishing policies for virtual machines, to request and approval processes and even tracking and decommissioning.”
The Lifecycle Manager took delivers on key business initiatives and goals, helping users to:
* Standardize on and use best practices for tracking and managing virtual machine deployment and use.
* Reduce costs through automating previously manual and repetitive administrative tasks.
* Eliminate virtual machine sprawl.
* Enable reliable and sustainable corporate compliance.
* Leverage VMware’s VirtualCenter and other tools like change management software and IT process/runbook automation tools.
Lifecycle Manager provides a simple Web interface for managing the interactions between everyone involved in the lifecycle of a virtual machine. There are four main roles and functions that the product has specifically been designed for:
*  User: Easily request virtual machines and determine request status through a self-service portal; access a catalogue of existing virtual machines with basic controls, including power on, shut down, suspend, snapshot, revert to snapshot, etc.
* Approver: View and approve or reject requests detailed information about any request and determine whether to accept or deny the request.
* IT staff: Complete approved requests and decide where virtual machines will be placed within the environment.
* IT administrator: Help users select the virtual machine configuration that best meets their needs by creating a library of pre-defined virtual machine templates; set up key criteria for policy-defined deployment to be used to automatically place or configure a virtual machine in an environment; assign groups of users to specific virtual machine resources based on established security policies; optimise resource pools and virtual machine folders, and help associate chargeback metrics to virtual machine deployments.