On July 13th, VMware will announce three new VMware vCenter Management products.

General Availability

  • VMware vCenter AppSpeed 1.0
  • VMware vCenter Chargeback 1.0

Public Beta

  • VMware vCenter Lifecycle Manager 1.1

Updated Release

  • VMware vCenter Lab Manager 4.0

VMware vCenter Lab Manager 4 includes some much needed new features, such as:

  • Support for ESXi
  • Support for vSphere (ESX and ESXi version 4)
  • Integration of VMware Stage Manager into Lab Manager
  • Multiple workspaces (for Stage Manager)
  • Multi-host network fencing (requires vNetwork Distributed vSwitch)

As a result of this major overhaul of the Lab Manager product, prices have increased slightly. Going up from $1,295 to $1,495 per processor socket.

For me, the updated Lab Manager is right on time. I desperately wanted to upgrade my Lab to vSphere, need multiple workspaces (or Stage Manager) and the next-generation network fencing is a gift from above, as the users of my Lab are keen to bring up multiple DHCP and TFTP servers!