PALO ALTO, Calif. -- VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today announced the general availability of VMware Lab Manager 3, providing even greater automation and control for IT lab environments. VMware Lab Manager has fast become the industry-standard lab automation solution that provides software development and QA engineers with fast and simple self-service provisioning of multi-VM environments while giving IT departments increased control over policies. With this new release, VMware Lab Manager now offers comprehensive support for multiple organizational units, advanced networking capabilities, and tighter integration with VMware Infrastructure.
As market adoption of virtual lab automation has grown, so has the need to support an increasingly diverse set of users. For example, many organizations wish to establish global lab operations that encompass not only software development and test teams, but also helpdesk operations, training organizations and sales teams that use the lab to recreate customer environments, provide hands-on labs or drive sales demos. IT administrators need to ensure consistent quality of service and access to appropriate lab resources based on a users role in the organization. VMware Lab Manager 3 supports multiple organizations of lab users with a single installation, whether users are local or distributed globally. IT administrators can set up customized user roles and access rights to dedicated or shared resource pools imported from VMware VirtualCenter to provide users with the highest quality of service. Because VMware Lab Manager also integrates with Microsoft Active Directory, both user management and resource administration can be centralized to further simplify lab administration and reduce overall resource consumption.
The new organization capabilities in VMware Lab Manager 3 will help us better enforce role-based access rights to system configurations in the lab according to our IT policy, says Tony Anastasio, technology architect for Cerner, the leading U.S. supplier of healthcare information technology solutions. We can now roll out virtual lab infrastructure to hundreds of more engineers as well as our training and support teams, and manage it from a central location which allows us to minimize consumption of server, storage and network resources.