One of the first uses of virtualization tends to be the consolidation of IT infrastructure used for application development. After all, most of these systems are used intermittently, so there's no real need to give each developer a dedicated server.
So a new class of virtual lab-management software emerged to provide a framework for managing that virtual machine software. But as is the case with all things related to virtualization, the question quickly arises: Why stop at applying virtual lab-management software on premise?
At the recent Citrix Synergy 2010 conference, VMLogix, Citrix and Carpathia Hosting announced the availability of virtual lab-management software as a cloud computing service. According to VMLogix CEO Sameer Dholakia, at a time when competitors such as VMware and Microsoft are still thinking about virtual lab management on top on virtual servers on premise, VMLogix is following the general movement of application development into the cloud via an alliance with Citrix.
Of course, many other cloud computing providers, namely IBM, already offer application-development services in the cloud. But virtual lab-management software simplifies management of that process, so Dholaki thinks this new service will resonate with many customers.
For many IT organizations virtual lab-management software represents an opportunity to reduce the number of on-premise servers they have to manage. But when you marry virtual lab-management software with cloud computing, you can get rid of the servers altogether.