Lights, camera, action! OK, usual joke about Stage Manager to one side. This is not a SIMS game where your role in the game is to manage a team of stage hands, lighting crew, actors and so on. This session was much more useful than LCM. However, if like me you not one of these guys who’s been in the same IT department for the last 10+ years it’s hard to build a usage case for Stage Manager. Don’t get me wrong. I get the idea and get the usefulness of the product. But if you not some Marcuse ”Organisation Man” or Corporate Man. This is way beyond what most people need to automate the process for leaving Lab Manager behind, and getting that new VM with a new service into Prod. For me it’s just not a space I operate in – I guess that’s more my problem than Stage Managers. Putting this aside you can see with the fact that the product uses the same technology as Lab Manager (linked clones; network fencing) That there will be a lot of perceived overlap between Stage Manager and Lab Manger. I feel VMware will need to more aggressively and more clearly – put the case forward for why those big enterprise guys will need another automation/management layer on top of VirtualCenter. People are going to say at what point does Lab Manager-Stage Manger-Lifecycle Manager – hand the process from one manager to another. You can see where I’m going here. The Register has it done quite humorously with the joke – that the next major release from VMware will be a Manager Manager to manage all your management tools – or an orchestrator to orchestrate your orchestration.