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VMLogix Launches Cross Platform Virtualized Lab Manager

The startup said its latest version release presents a powerful alternative to VMware's virtual lab automation software.

Startup VMLogix has launched LabManager, a product for conducting software builds and testing new software as it comes out of the development process.

VMware, the dominant virtualization vendor, has a similar product by the same name, VMware Lab Manager, first introduced in November 2006. VMLogix was a few months behind, launching LabManager in July 2007. In the current 3.3 version release announced Jan. 28, VMLogix LabManager can conduct software quality assurance and testing in virtualized environments under VMware's ESX Server or Citrix XenServer, "the only virtual lab automation solution on the market to support XenServer."

"We are finally presenting an alternative to VMware," CEO Sameer Dholakia said in an interview.

Support for Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor will soon follow, as well as Oracle and Sun Microsystems hypervisors, both based on XenSource's Xen hypervisor, Dholakia said. VMLogix seeks to be the first cross vendor supplier of virtualization test lab software.

VMLogix LabManager is designed to help a software development team conduct fast, repeatable tests on software in a virtualized environment, reducing the number of servers needed for the test lab, Dholakia said.

LabManager captures the configurations and software stack combinations in an environment that is being tested, along with test scripts used to run new software in that environment. "In the past, the test manager had to write custom code to do all that," Dholakia said.

Lab management software typically captures digital snapshots of existing live machine operations, reproducing those configurations in a virtual environment where bugs and incompatibilities introduced by new code may show up.

VMLogix's LabManager is priced at $25,000 per server, plus $2,500 per guest agent, optional software that captures the IP address of a running virtual machine and reports it to LabManager. IBM has certified VMLogix LabManager as ready to work with its Rational Build Forge, its Rational tools software for automating the repetitive tasks of the software build or compiling process.

VMLogix was founded in 2004 in Palo Alto, Calif., with an engineering team in Bangalore, India. It is funded by the venture capital firms Bain Capital Ventures and Trilogy.

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