Well, those chaps over in Palo Alto are at it again. A new Aye-PAD application – this time it's for managing vSphere. Anyone would think that VMware had shares in Apple – or vice-versa. Sadly, this won’t put a stop to a thread on the VMTN Forums where Apple MAC users continually belly-ache about the lack of Apple Mac vSphere Client.
For those with the mighty tablet of hope – you can now download the vSphere Aye-PAD Client from the Apple Store.
VMware has already put together a Community Forum for those looking to troubleshoot and ask questions here – http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere/ipadclient
The UI of the vSphere Aye-PAD client looks like this:
Don’t expect the Aye-PAD vSphere app to have all the features and functionality of the fully blown vSphere Client for Windows. Expect to find that 80% of the most common vSphere Admin tasks are there such as:
• Search for vSphere hosts and virtual machines
• Monitor the performance of vSphere hosts and virtual machines
• Manage virtual machines with the ability to start, stop and suspend
• View and restore virtual machines’ snapshots
• Reboot vSphere hosts or put them into maintenance mode
• Diagnose vSphere hosts and virtual machines using built-in ping and traceroute tools
There’s a couple of requirements for the App to function. Firstly, you need an Aye-PAD (OK, I’m joking) but more importantly you need the vCMA virtual appliance from VMware. Basically it's a Mobile Access appliance that, in its standard form, presents a web-page of vSphere that’s viewable to most smartphones. The Aye-PAD App connects through the vCMA to then connect to your vSphere environment which then populates the UI of the Aye-PAD application.
The IPAD 2 is available in Europe starting on the 25th of March. Rumors are already circulating that there will be heavy delays caused by excessive demand. When the first IPAD was released they delayed the world-wide launch in order to first deal with a backlog in the US. I’m not sure if that will happen this time around – there may be some existing IPAD users who are happy with the G1, and will carry on using it until it breaks (which is what I would I do if I had IPAD 1). But there should be plenty of folks like me who decided the functionality of IPAD 1 made it a non-starter, and decided to wait for the IPAD 2…
This was first published in March 2011