SimpliVity’s mission is to simplify IT. Part of that mission means that we’re constantly preparing for what’s next on the road to simplify IT. For VMware users, what’s next is the transition to the vSphere Web Client. Our new software version—OmniStack 3.0.8, which we launched at VMworld US 2015—brought vSphere Web Client support to SimpliVity users. SimpliVity global unified management also now applies to the vSphere Web Client.
VMware’s vSphere Web Client is here to stay. VMware has slowly been making it official, so that all new features from vSphere 5.1 onwards can only be accessed through the Web Client. In vSphere 6, for example, the enhanced Linked Mode is only supported through the Web Client. VMware will eventually end C# client support, leaving only the Web Client.
While we mourn our beloved C# client, we’re also accepting reality—and maybe even going beyond acceptance to finding some real positives in the Web Client. With version 6.0, the Web Client now performs very well, it’s a more modern interface, it better represents the vision of a software-defined data center, and it is the only way to access the newest features. VMware introduced the vSphere Web Client in version 5.0, and there have been many new features added to Web Client since then. It continues to improve. The adoption of the Web Client keeps growing as customers become familiar with the interface and use it for their daily operations.
How to Use the Web Client with SimpliVity
The SimpliVity Extension for vSphere Web Client application (or the SimpliVity Extension for short) allows you to manage your SimpliVity virtual inventory objects across the entire federation using SimpliVity features. For example, you can easily manage SimpliVity data centers, hosts, backup policies, datastores, and virtual machines. Utilizing the new Enhanced Linked Mode functionality to build a SimpliVity Federation, users can also get enhanced reporting capabilities on data efficiency and performance metrics through the Web Client.
To manage the SimpliVity virtual objects in vSphere Web Client, you’ll have to install SimpliVity Extension for vSphere Web Client in vCenter. This application plugs into the existing vSphere Web Client interface. You’ll see a cleaner, more graphical look when you start using the Web Client. This is a nice bonus of the Web Client overall, and for SimpliVity users it will make the simple management even better.
This new Web Client plugin fits in nicely with the SimpliVity HyperGuarantee, especially for the HyperSimple and HyperManageable features. It’s HyperSimple: Using SimpliVity’s Web Client user interface, fully integrated with VMware vCenter, you only need three clicks to back up, restore, move, or clone a VM, all from a single console. And it’s HyperManageable: Using SimpliVity’s Web Client user interface in a central location, you will be able to create or update backup policies for thousands of VMs across dozens of sites in less than a minute on average.
You can download the Web Client plugin from the SimpliVity Support Center. When it comes to the VMware Web Client, let’s just accept it. As great pioneer Teddy Roosevelt said: “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” He wasn’t provisioning VMs, but he certainly knew how to forge ahead.