VMware's management client for iPad awaits Apple approval

The delayed client was originally to be released last year

VMware is waiting for Apple to approve a software client for iPads that will allow IT staff to manage their virtualized environments.

Computerworld feature Virtualization 101: What is virtualization?

The vCenter client was handed to Apple "fairly recently," said Fredrik Sjöstedt, VMware's director of product and solutions marketing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He wouldn't say whether that meant this month or last. VMware doesn't know when the client will be approved, and so can't say when it will be made available to users, he said.

VMware CTO Steve Herrod first promised the app would arrive before the end of 2010, in a speech at the VMworld Europe conference in October. That release date was reiterated in a Youtube clip from the company.

The tablet version of the vCenter client won't offer all the management features currently available on the desktop client. Instead, it has been designed from the ground up for Apple's iPad and will have features IT staff are most likely to use while on the road.

They'll be able to see the status of virtual machines and whether there are any alerts, Herrod said at VMworld Europe. The Youtube clip also shows app having the ability to suspend, stop or restart a virtual machine, and to show its memory and CPU use.

VMware is pushing the combination of virtualization and smartphones or tablets on several fronts. Last week, the company launched the View Client for iPad, which allows users of Apple's tablet to access virtual Windows desktops on the device.

On Tuesday, View was the second most popular iPad application in the Business category in the App Store, eclipsed only by Citrix's Receiver client, which also lets users access virtual Windows desktops.

VMware is also continuing its efforts to put virtualization on smartphones. In February, at Mobile World Congress, the company demonstrated its upcoming platform. It will allow users run a personal profile and a separate, secure profile for work applications on the same Android-based smartphone. The company first entered the space by acquiring Trango Virtual Processors in 2008.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags application virtualizationvirtualizationServer Virtualizationdesktop virtualizationsoftwareVMwaresystem management

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?