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May 12 2008   7:35PM GMT

VMware releases management and automation products, new bundles

Bridget Botelho Profile: Bridget Botelho

Palo Alto-based VMware, Inc. made three product announcements today; its disaster recovery software, VMware Site Recovery Manager will be available for orders next week, VMware Stage Manager will begin shipping May 19th, and these products will also be available as part of two new management and automation software bundles from VMware starting May 19th.

Site Recovery Manager
VMware Site Recovery Manager, which provides integrated management of disaster recovery (DR) plans with VirtualCenter, offers automated DR plan testing, failover and recovery.

Jon Bock, senior product marketing manager for VMware, said that Site Recovery Manager should allow users to implement DR plans where they could not do so before.

“Because of cost and resources required for DR, disaster recovery has only been done for mission critical applications, but virtualized workloads can be protected with minimal cost and effort,” Bock said.

More and more companies have started virtualizing mission critical workloads, as VMware has been quick to point out.

The company presented a number of case studies showing companies like Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc., which uses virtual machines (VMs) for “almost everything” including its Microsoft SQL database, EMC Corp.’s Documentum, and Active Directory, with success.

Companies virtualizing those types of apps should use DR capabilities from software like VMware’s to protect those applications during disaster.

Midvale, Utah-based Burton Group analyst and virtualization expert Chris Wolf explained in a tip recently that Site Recovery Manager makes disaster recovery planning and execution simple.

“With Site Recover Manager, you can automate your disaster recovery plan with software, initiate that plan with a mouse click, and pre-program the sequence in which VMs are brought online at a disaster recovery site,” Wolf wrote. “During the course of this year, I expect other vendors to offer similar technologies as well.”

Stage Manager
VMware Stage Manager automates the process of moving application environments through release stages — from integration to testing to staging and to user acceptance — before being released into production.

Stage Manager, which was highly acclaimed during its beta phase, is also managed by VMware Infrastructure 3. It aims to reduce time spent on configuring hardware and prevent virtual machine sprawl, which commonly occurs when virtual machines are released across the data center for staging, Bock said.

New management and automation bundles

VMware has designed two new software bundles that include the management and automation products now available. The VMware IT Service Delivery Bundle includes all of VMware’s IT lifecyle automation products, including VMware Lifecycle Manager, VMware Lab Manager and VMware Stage Manager.
The VMware Management and Automation Bundle includes all of the above, plus the disaster recovery product VMware Site Recovery Manager. It is priced at $2,995 per two processors.

The new Management and Automation Bundle includes all products from the IT Service Delivery Bundle with the addition of VMware Site Recovery Manager, priced at $3,995 per two processors.

Both software bundles will be available form VMware distributors, resellers and OEMs beginning May 19.

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