VMware Releases New vSphere Control App for iPads

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-03-18 Print this article Print

New SpringSource-developed vSphere Client for the iPad is now available for immediate download at the Apple App Store.

VMware has a present for all those data center managers and virtualization admins who would like to do at least part of their work on an iPad.

VMware on March 18 announced a new SpringSource-developed vSphere Client for the iPad and made it available for immediate download at the Apple App Store.

Using this new app, managers can view key performance metrics, monitor the performance of host servers and virtual machines, and perform other essential tasks in a simplified interface wherever they may be, on a 24/7 basis. 

The vSphere Client for iPad serves as a companion interface to the traditional vSphere client; the only difference is that it is optimized for managing a vSphere environment from the popular tablet device.

iPad users can do all the normal things they do from the standard VSphere desktop/laptop interface, such as start, stop and suspend virtual machines, reboot them or put them into maintenance mode, VMware said.

"We see a world where employees own multiple devices and switch between them during the course of a day," VMware marketing executive Srinivas Krishna wrote in his blog. "Our strategy is to allow users to leverage any device any time to run any app so they are more productive."

To view a demo of the new app, go here.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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