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VMware Lab Manager 2.4 Beta Program

VMware releases information about their Lab Manager 2.4 beta product:

VMware Lab Manager 2.4 (formerly Akimbi Slingshot) is the premier Virtual Lab Automation System for Development and Test organizations. It provides software development and test infrastructure that automates the rapid setup and teardown of even the most complex multi-machine software configurations, shaving man-months off of software development projects. VMware Lab Manager 2.4 is slated for release by the end of 2006.

To ensure that the product is thoroughly tested and ready for market, VMware is conducting a beta program starting on October 5, 2006. The initial phase of the program will be limited to 200 participants who will have access to the Beta 1 release. We're inviting customers to apply for the beta program by filling out the Beta Application Form.

Beta Program Objectives

The primary objective of the Lab Manager Beta 1 release is to gather early customer feedback on the following product areas:

  • Product installation (ease of)
  • Licensing (VMware license files)
  • Product quality
  • Scalability
  • Support readiness

Audience and Selection Process

Our goal is to recruit approximately 200 customers for active participation in Lab Manager Beta 1. The beta program is open to existing Akimbi Slingshot and VMware customers as well as new prospects. Customers will need to fill out and submit the Beta Application Form to be considered for the beta program. Beta participants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Virtualization experience
  • Commitment of time and resources to the beta program
  • Willingness to submit weekly status reports

Each application will be carefully reviewed and accepted into the program based on the information provided on the application form.

Beta Program Timeline

Activity                                    Timeline

Beta Program Enrollment            August 25 - September 15

Beta Customer Notification         September 29

Beta 1 Phase                              October 5

Published Thursday, September 07, 2006 7:19 AM by David Marshall
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