IT Management: VMware vSphere Client for iPad Misses Bar

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-03-23 Print this article Print


(Top) The VMware vSphere Client for iPad shows basic information about the virtual data center. (Bottom) The standard desktop client shows that there are performance problems that must be addressed, which are not shown on the iPad app.
The VMware vSphere Client for iPad attempts to put IT administrators in the driver's seat using the Apple iPad as the steering wheel. Instead, the management tool yields a pretty but limited insight into the workings of the virtual data center. Lacking alarms, VM creation and other basic features of the standard vCenter client, the VMware vSphere Client for iPad is mostly eye candy not management utility. At no additional cost, the VMware vSphere Client for iPad can't be faulted for costing too much. But until the tool provides alarms and more control over the virtual data center, IT managers should see this first attempt at a tablet-based management interface as a prototype rather than an essential "must have."
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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