Virtualization Technology: Citrix XenServer beta Manages VM Lifecycle
The Citrix XenServer 6 beta 2 Self Service Manager (SSM) is a virtual appliance that enables IT managers to provide a catalog of pre-defined virual machines to users. Multiple tenants can be set up in in the Self Service Manager and tenant users can handle of range of administrative deployment chores to get IT out of the day-to-day business VM provisioning. SSM is provided as a virtual appliance. As such, the module is simple to install and I was up and running in a matter of minutes. The SSM can integrate with VMware's vSphere 4.1 vCenter to extend VM provisioning across platforms.