VMware acquires Akimbi Systems

Quoting from the VMware official announcement:

VMware, the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today announced the addition of virtual lab automation, configuration management and self-service provisioning to its software lifecycle management solutions that span development, quality assurance, pre-production and production environments.

VMware plans to incorporate technology obtained in connection with its acquisition this week of Akimbi Systems, Inc. into its software lifecycle solutions to enable users to automate the set-up, capture and teardown of complex, multi-machine software configurations on a shared centralized pool of virtual resources and to rapidly configure those resources, on demand, through an intuitive self-service interface.

VMware’s virtual lab automation, configuration management, and self-service provisioning solution is expected to be available as a beta release in the third quarter of this year.

Update: Dan Chu, Senior Director Developer and ISV Products and Technology Alliances at VMware, posted on The Console blog some details about this move and destiny of Akimbi development team.
Unfortunately he didn’t mention in details what will happen to Akimbi customers using Microsoft Virtual Server, but luckily we already know it thanks to the exclusive interview virtualization.info realized with Raghu Raghuram.

The virtualization.info Virtualization Industry Roadmap has been updated accordingly.