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VMware's Life Cycle Manager is too VMware centric, not enough for the 95% unexploited market!

IW reporting:

Lifecycle Manager is "a good first step but doesn't go far enough," says Andi Mann, virtualization consultant at Enterprise Management Associates, an IT consulting firm. It only manages VMs generated by VMware Server and VMware's ESX Server, not those generated by Citrix Systems' XenServer, open source Xen, or Microsoft's upcoming Hyper-V hypervisor. "Ninety-five percent of enterprises are going to have more than one kind of virtual machine running," Mann says.

VMware's manager isn't alone in focusing on automating VM management. Citrix, which recently bought XenSource, and Virtual Iron both have similar products. Startups--such as Embotics, with its V-Commander; Veeam, with Veeam Reporter; and Nimsoft, with NimBus for VMware Monitoring--are more specialized, managing pieces of the virtual infrastructure.

But Gillett says most IT departments aren't going to want to "cobble together" solutions from different vendors. In the long run, the vendor whose product encompasses and automates many aspects of the VM infrastructure in one management interface will have the advantage.


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Whale Fall
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Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall


Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy


What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors


I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
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I am the king!


I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run


We're strolling on that thin rope
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we're the scavengers
we're the friends
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we're the unbred


Soon awaiting the fall
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we're soon going to be done
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