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New VMware Stage Manager tackles application lifecycle management

January 22, 2008

j0401818.jpgArticle from SearchServerVirtualization.com regarding VMware’s recently announced Stage Manager product. The product claims to cover the application lifecycle to help promote applications into and from production. My question is how is this different from Lab Manager?

Confusing to Lab Manager customers? For most enterprise applications, the environment employed outside of production is the test environment. Why would a customer use both VMware Lab Manager and VMware Stage Manager? Stage Manager seems the stronger of the two, and certainly closer to what we do at Surgient with our lab management platform and VQMS. Is this the death of VMware Lab Manager? How will VMware deal with confused customers, especially Lab Manager customers?

VMware only? Then there is the question of a tool that is meant to support enterprise apps but only supports VMware virtualization. Most enterprise data centers are heterogeneous environments, and the majority of applications are not yet deployed in virtualized containers. The shortcomings of Stage Manager seem to be its presupposition that the world be 100% virtualized in the short-term. Most customers we speak to are nowhere near that as a decision or a reality.

 What do you think?

New VMware Stage Manager tackles application lifecycle management

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3 comments

  1. […] Surgient’s Virtual Lab Management Blog wonders how this new product will compete with VMWare Lab Manager […]


  2. […] of, VMWare Stage Manager Beta launched this week. Tejus found some problems with the server, and Virtual Lab confessed some confusion with the product. Stage Manager seeks to become the more robust […]


  3. Our main IT guy is looking at setting up a virtual lab inside our company. I told him about VMWare Lab Manager, not knowing (until I got to your blog) about VMWare Stage Manager. Now I have to go back and tell him about both products and (as you point out) hope he’s not confused by the availability of two similar products.



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