VMware fling

Contributor(s): Meredith Courtemanche

A VMware fling is an unsupported virtualization or cloud computing software tool created by a VMware engineer. 

Flings often address a specific problem or offer a utility not found in a VMware product. VMware staffers publish these short-term projects for free on the VMware Labs site, where users can offer feedback and suggestions. 

Some VMware flings are go on to become official products. VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager, which manages other hypervisors from vCenter, is the first VMware-supported product born from a VMware fling (XVP Manager). 

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VMware has called upon its user community to submit ideas for useful software tools in the Open Innovation Contest. VMware's technology team then develops the winning idea into a VMware fling.

This was last updated in March 2013

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