Since the introduction of vSphere 5.1, VMware introduced the new Web Client. Yes, there was another web client out there, but it was not widely used. A lot of people questioned the change towards a web interface, so here are many reasons for the Web Client:
- Access from any device with Web access
- No need to install binaries in multiple locations to access the vSphere environment
- Multi OS friendly
- Scalable solution
- API friendly
This first version was well received by many, but others noticed some slow response within the browsers. Well, I am happy to say that the new Web Client in vSphere is anything but slow. I know for a fact that the VMware team has spent countless hours working to get the slow response issue resolved. I was privileged to be part of a private customer Alpha test for vSphere x.y , and the difference made since the Alpha up until Beta 2 has been tremendous. I had the chance to voice concerns in many areas and obviously the Web Client was one of them, and let me tell you, VMware listens very well and does whatever needs to be done to make customers happy.
I will list some of the changes to the Web Client that I believe most customers will REALLY like.
- Fast response times for Web Client interaction
- Very noticeable
- Faster log on process
- Browser Friendly
- Previous version had best results using Google Chrome
- Recent Tasks (at bottom) is back
- Drop down menu from home icon for easy, 1-click navigation
- Core items added to left pane (Networking, Storage, VMs, Hosts)
- vCenter Inventory Lists
- 1-click task filtering
These are some of many improvements in the new vSphere release that will satisfy the requests of many customers. I was extremely impressed about the speed of the Web Client, but the additional features are icing on the cake.
As you may infer, the “fat client” will play a small to non-existent role moving forward. The C# client may still be used to access the individual hosts, as well as having read only capabilities for objects with virtual hardware version 9 and above, but vCenter tasks will be have to be done through the new an improved Web Client. Based on the huge improvements and new features, I don’t think many people will miss the old client.