VMware Introduces Management and Automation Software that Accelerates Delivery of Applications from Staging to Production

VMware Stage Manager Automates the Management of Servers, Storage and Networking as New or Modified IT Services Move through the Delivery Process

PALO ALTO, Calif., January 21, 2008 — VMware, Inc., the virtualization software leader, today announced the public beta of VMware Stage Manager, a new first-in-class management and automation product that streamlines and accelerates the process of bringing new or modified applications and other IT services into production. Building on the management capabilities of VMware Infrastructure, VMware Stage Manager automates management of complete, multi-tier application environments – including the servers, storage and networking systems that support them – as they move through various stages from integration to testing to staging and user acceptance before being released into production.

"VMware has once again responded to the needs of customers ahead of the curve and has delivered a rock-solid beta," said Dave Welch, principal for House of Brick Technologies, a consultancy that serves blue chip companies. "They've thought of just about everything, but kept the interface simple. VMware Stage Manager enables IT to transition applications cleanly through to production. VMware Stage Manager also helps administrators move out of rote operations and keep them focused on ROI-generating projects."

As new services or changes to existing IT services are being introduced – for example,  rolling out an upgrade to Exchange 2008 or making changes to a complex SAP installation – they often follow a sequence of stages to ensure they are successfully tested, approved and configured for deployment into production. IT typically maintains numerous dedicated “shadow instances” of the production environment to enable each of these stages. These systems are prone to “drift” out of synch with the production configuration, jeopardizing the successful execution of system changes and updates and increasing the risk of production downtime.

VMware Stage Manager helps IT address these and other ”service transition” challenges with the ability to visualize, organize and streamline resources and processes across the service release lifecycle. By deploying VMware Stage Manager, IT administrators and application owners can:

  • Manage pre-production infrastructure assets – servers, storage and networking equipment – utilizing them only when needed, thereby reducing server sprawl and increasing the resource utilization efficiency of IT services hosted on VMware Infrastructure
  • Rapidly build up a pre-production image of complex production environments, even cloning directly from production systems to ensure that all environments are exact replicas, thereby mitigating risk of errors and potential downtime
  • Systematically propagate complex system changes through all phases of the process while more easily enforcing change and release management procedures
  • Accelerate the completion of requests for changes to production systems

“VMware virtualization is the standard for a new and better architecture for running applications,” said Dan Chu, vice president of emerging products and markets at VMware.  “VMware Stage Manager adds to the power of the VMware platform by automating and streamlining the staging process for deploying new applications and updates.”

“Enterprise IT teams face multiple resource and process challenges that introduce risk and slow down the deployment of new services into production,” said Stephen Elliot, research director for IDC. “Virtualization offers IT organizations an opportunity to streamline inefficient processes and communicate business process impact across multiple functional areas.”

For more information on VMware Stage Manager or to download the beta, please visit http://www.vmware.com/go/stage_manager_beta.

About VMware
VMware (NYSE:VMW) is the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems.  Organizations of all sizes use VMware solutions to simplify their IT, fully leverage their existing computing investments and respond faster to changing business demands.  VMware is based in Palo Alto, California and majority-owned by EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC).  For more information, visit www.vmware.com.

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