Automating Management of the Virtual Machine Lifecycle
VMware reports that, on average, between 5% and 15% of VMs in any given datacenter have expired or are no longer needed. Their removal translates into direct savings by reducing hardware needed to operate and reductions in power, cooling, number of software licenses, etc. As a result, VMware has released VMware Lifecycle Manager It delivers consistent performance using total lifecycle management of virtualized infrastructure for enterprises as they implement and expand their virtual infrastructure and cloud environments. VMware Lifecycle Manager can integrate with a variety of service desk solutions to provide integrated management for both physical and virtualized machines.
"The management of virtualized machines, whether alone or integrated with physical machines is of major concern in data centers today. Virtualization technology promises significant benefit. A greater than normal emphasis on savings and efficiency have led to a rapid buildup in the number of data centers running Tier 1 applications on virtualized machines. Full realization of the benefits of such virtualization requires intelligent and automated end-to-end management over the full lifecycle of virtual machines. This paper reviews why and describes how VMwares vCenter Lifecycle Manager meets this need." VMware Lifecycle Manager has been designed to provide end-to-end lifecycle management of VMs to address these challenges.