Virtualisation sprawl is a undesirable process that happens when the amount of virtual machines on a network becomes so huge that it's impossible to manage them effectively. Virtual machines might be created with ease,but having one entails the same level of responsability and compliance than a normal one. Among the measures taken by administrators to check virtualisation sprawl is standardising VM image files, while shelving Vms that are not being used to their full potential.
Virtual machine lifecycle management (VMLM) tools can help administrators oversee the implementation, delivery, operation and maintenance of virtual machines over the course of their existence. Such tools can furnish administrators with a dashboard user interface (UI) to display the virtual machines running on a network along with the physical machines hosting them and the proprietary licences installed on them.