vCloud client for iPad

After the vSphere and View client, VMware has now made the vCloud client available for the iPad. You can download the client from the App store and start managing your vCD environment using your tablet. Of course it’s a free app like the previous ones. You can manage your existing vApps and the VMs associated with those vApps, deploy new vApps, check their status and even share that info via email all from your iPad. There are more details and  a nice video here. For everyone else, best way to learn it is to spin it up and try it for yourself. Of course you need an existing vCD instance that you will need to connect to. Have fun!!

VMware View on Android

After the successful launch of the vSphere and View client for the iPad, VMware today announced the View client for the Android Market. As of now it is only there for Android tablets, so if you are an Android tablet owner you may now download the View client from the Android Market. I am almost a little upset as I will not be able to personally try it as I happen to be on Apple’s side in the tablet world (for now).

More details of the View client are available here along with a demo video. So if you own Android tablet and have a View environment to connect to, I suggest you take this for a spin. Enjoy!

Apple enters the cloud world

Though I try to stay away from posting about Apple news but today Apple officially entered the cloud arena. So I thought it would be worth mentioning. To put it in simple words, with iCloud, Apple has given you the ability to keep your iPad, iPhone and your Mac all in sync. So basically you can take a picture on your phone and have it available on your iPad/Mac right away. Of course there is more you can do with that and pictures just happen to be one of the things. Once you take a picture, it gets saved in iCloud and it then gets pushed to your Mac/iPad etc. One thing that I think is note worthy is the availability of cloud storage APIs which will enable developers to create applications that would leverage Apple’s cloud. This will give the users/developers endless possibilities and will be a good way to put Apple’s cloud to test.

I specifically like the iTunes Match feature. I like it because that feature alone tells me a lot about Apple as a company and where its headed. Not everyone purchases music from iTunes, some rip CDs and some live on the edgy torrent world. Knowing it will only upset customers if they can’t leverage iCloud for non-iTunes purchased music, Apple took a very interesting route. So if you have music that hasn’t been purchased via iTunes, Apple will scan your library and add its 256 kbps version to your iCloud library for you to download it to other devices. Nice aye? And if you happen to have any music that is not available in iTunes, you can simply upload it to iCloud and it will be available to the other devices you own. All this for $24.99/year. Not bad at all, very competitive indeed. What I like is that Apple figured out a way to make money from customers by providing them with a service that they didn’t have before. They could have upset everyone and their brothers and forced users to re-purchase the music via iTunes. But I am glad that Apple gets it.

The picture, doc syncing etc between your devices is all free by the way. As of now only the iTunes portion is available, and with iOS5 and the release of OS X Lion, iCloud will come to life.

Again, I don’t usually post about Apple news, if I start doing that, this blog will take an interesting turn. I thought this was worth posting and a few minutes of my time. After all the talk, Apple has now entered the cloud world.

vSphere client for iPad (Review)

I was too excited about getting the iPad2 this year and one of the first things I started looking for was the vSphere client that VMware was supposed to make for the iPad. After standing in line and with the help of my friend, I was finally able to get my hands on Apple’s new tablet. For the next two days I religiously searched for the vSphere client for the iPad but was disappointed not to find it. Just this past Sunday, I was talking to a friend who asked me if I tried out the iPad app for vSphere. So I started searching again and it turns out I gave up searching 3-4 days before it was finally released (March 17th, 2011). After feeling left out, I finally downloaded it and took it for a spin.

You will need to download the vCMA, vSphere Client for iPad and off course a vSphere environment and an iPad will be needed. Once you have fired up your vCMA, be sure to change your password for the vCMA appliance. This is not a requirement, but if you plan on allowing remote access to your vCMA appliance, you may not want to leave it with the default password that is known by the masses. You can manage your vCMA appliance at, http://YourIP:5480. I would also assign the vCMA a static IP.

Once you have assigned the IP to vCMA, go to the settings in your iPad and tap on the “vSphere Client” and enter the IP of your vCMA in the “Web Server” field.  Read the rest of this entry »