It is official: VMware Lab Manager is end of life.

As many already suspected was today officially announced by VMware. VMware Lab Manager will not see any new major releases as it functionality is now offered by vCloud Director. VMware customers using Lab Manager recieved the email below.

  Dear Lab Manager License Holder,

We want to provide you with an important update about the vCenter™ Lab Manager product. As customers continue to expand the use of virtualization both inside the datacenter and outside the firewall, we are focusing on delivering infrastructure solutions that can support these expanded scalability and security requirements. As a result of this focus, we have decided to discontinue additional major releases of vCenter Lab Manager. Lab Manager 4 will continue to be supported in line with our General Support Policy through May 1st, 2013.

As VMware continues to invest in our customers’ journey to cloud computing, we are focusing on delivering secure multi-tenant enterprise hybrid clouds with VMware vCloud™ Director. vCloud Director is a new software solution that provides the scalability and security necessary to deliver catalog-based self-service provisioning across different workload types, across multiple enterprise tenants, and across both private and public deployment models.

As a customer of Lab Manager, we would like to offer you a special opportunity to leverage the scale and security of vCloud Director. Customers who are active on SnS may exchange their existing licenses of Lab Manager to licenses of vCloud Director at no additional cost. This exchange program is entirely optional and may be exercised anytime during Lab Manager’s General Support period. This provides you the freedom and flexibility to decide whether and when to implement a secure enterprise hybrid cloud.

For more information about this product update, visit www.vmware.com/go/labmanager-update.

The VMware Team

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About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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