With EVM, enterprise IT organizations are able to use their virtualized infrastructures as platforms to offer shared services where end users request, provision, deploy, operate, manage and decommission their own resources. Using a web-based self-management portal with configurable approval processes, users can securely provision and deploy services and virtual machines with enterprise configuration standards enforced. Post-provisioning users can operate and manage their resources based on fine-grained access and control policies including visibility of performance metrics, consumption and chargeback, compliance along with lifecycle management like reconfiguration, lease extension, retirement and reporting.
At the infrastructure level EVM provides automatic best-fit resource selection to determine where new service and VMs are placed, and tracks and enforces resource utilization and allocation policies through retirement. EVM provisioning tightly integrates with other systems management processes and tools including Configuration Management Databases (CMDB), Asset Management, IP Address Management (IPAM) and Service Catalogs.