Where to turn when VMware stops supporting Lab Manager in May
- 23 January, 2013 23:14
The date is coming soon: VMware will stop supporting its Lab Manager product in May, and where VMware is leaving a hole in the market, other vendors are looking to step in.
Lab Manager is used by test and development shops or quality assurance departments. In 2011, VMware announced that it would cease support for Lab Manager on May 1, 2013. VMware is encouraging customers to transition to its vCloud Director or Cloud Automation Center (CAC) software instead, which it says does everything Lab Manager does and more.
[BIG DATA: Hadoop goes to the cloud
WHAT YOU DON'T NEED: 5 of the lowest-priority IT skills]
But not all organizations need all the bells and whistles that come with vCloud Director, says Jay Litkey, CEO of Embotics. His software company is running a promotion until the end of March allowing Lab Manager customers to transfer their license to Embotics at no net new costs. Litkey says vCloud Director is meant for big, enterprise-wide deployments of cloud services and it can take up to 30 days of training to set up and run smoothly. Embotics, he says, can be up and running in two days.
"With richness of functionality comes complexity," says Bernd Harzog, an analyst at The Virtualization Practice about why some Lab Manager customers may not want to upgrade to vCloud Director.
Embotics says its V-Commander offers rapid provisioning, self-service, service catalogs, IT costing and chargeback, workflow automation, resource optimization and life-cycle management capabilities. V-Commander is available for $299 per socket per year if customers cannot break their Lab Manager contract. "It's not like we sat around and cooked up this market opportunity," Litkey says. "It literally showed up on our doorstep."
SkyTap, a public cloud service provider, is also seizing the marketing opportunity, offering its virtual machines in its cloud as a hosted Lab Manager replacement. SkyTap doesn't have a specific product for dev/test or QA for labs, so really any public cloud service could be used as Lab Manager-like replacement.
CHOOSE YOUR PROVIDER: Market overview of public cloud IaaS providers
So should lab management software be on customers' premises or in the cloud? Harzog says that depends. If the lab tests only one product a year, then it doesn't make sense to invest in the infrastructure of an on-premises solution and the cloud may be a better fit. If there is continual QA and testing, having it on-site could be best. The application's destination could be a factor too. If it's being hosted in the cloud, perhaps doing dev and test in the cloud is a good idea, whereas if it's being hosted on site, maybe the testing should be done there too.
Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.
Join the CIO Australia group on LinkedIn. The group is open to CIOs, IT Directors, COOs, CTOs and senior IT managers.
The enlightened CIO’s guide to running projects
Why IT projects really fail
Queensland government to provide 200 services online by 2015
Call Centers Suffer From Big Data Overload
CIO 100: Carsales wins top gong for innovation
Building a Strategic Archive
For years, most companies have dealt with the evolving dynamics of data archiving by addressing an immediate need rather than building a long-term strategy. But over time, putting all information on costly storage is likely to be very expensive. This whitepaper explains why it’s time for organizations to start to strategically evaluate archive solutions for capabilities they need, both now and in the future. While no technology is future proof, an archiving solution can make you “future ready.”
How to Socially Enable Your Contact Centre
More than 75 per cent of consumers have posted damaging comment on social media following a negative customer experience. Yet a whopping 70 per cent of companies have little understanding of the social media conversations featuring their brand. This whitepaper looks at how to deliver your brand promise, retain customers and increase their lifetime value with new service channels.
Enterprise Mobility Management: Embracing BYOD Through Secure App and Data Delivery
The first response of many IT organisations to the influx of consumer-grade and employee-owned mobile devices has been to lock down and control every mobile device in the enterprise through mobile device management (MDM) solutions. Yet, the transformation of computing through mobility, consumerisation, bring-your-own device (BYOD) and flex-work offers powerful benefits for today’s organisations - but it poses significant challenges for IT. Download now to find out what is the best approach for mobility management.