The choice to split its virtual data center automation offering in three different products (Lab Manager, Stage Manager and Lifecycle Manager) was not welcome by several customers.
Somebody saw the move only driven by profit and would rather prefer to see the features that these products offer as a premium option for VirtualCenter (like VMotion or DRS). A more natural fit since all of them depends on VirtualCenter in any case.
Maybe VMware is listening and changing its mind since will soon sell two bundles.
The first, called IT Service Delivery, offers together Lifecycle Manager with one of the other two: Lab Manager or Stage Manager.
The second, called Management and Automation, instead will include all the three above plus the much expected Site Recovery Manager (SRM).
Is it a sign of a future re-union into a single suite?