VMware Launches a New vSphere HTML5 Web Client, Dubbed as 'Fling Site'

By CIOReview | Friday, April 1, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: VMware is known to be always hitting the corporate headlines; going by the trends the cloud based firm has introduced vSphere Web Client first along with vSphere 5.0. The new feature allows could management only through the vSphere Web Client. While the concept of a browser based client is a step in the right direction, the dependency of flash was not. The decision to use flash was made when it was the standard for web applications, times and standards have changed now. With that change it has taken some time to work on fortifying the vSphere Web Client platform. The wait is over now; VMware finally got rid of its Flash-based vSphere Web client and has been working on an HTML5 version. The new client is a Fling, available from the VMware Fling Web site.

Keith Ward, writer at Virtualization Review has mentioned in the VR website that Adobe’s Flash is a notorious attack vector and has been derided for years for its unstable and frequently-patched nature. These and other factors are why companies have been moving away from it for years. In order to enhance the performance, stability, and security VMware removed the dependency on Flash.

The initial step towards designing a HTML5 Web Client resulted in as the vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling. This release of the Fling will focus primarily on VM management, with more updates coming. The purpose of the Web Client is to manage vCenter, and it was written in both HTML5, the current Web standard, and JavaScript version.  

Here is a list of the features and operations available in this first release that includes VM power operations, VM Edit Settings (simple CPU, Memory, Disk changes), VM Console, VM and Host Summary pages, VM Migration (only to a Host), Clone to Template/ VM, Create VM on a Host (limited). In additional monitoring views includes Performance charts, Tasks, Event whereas the Global Views comprise of Recent tasks, Alarms (view only).

The HTML5 Web Client Fling is a standalone application within the new vSphere 6.0 environments. It supports both the vCenter Server Appliance and vCenter for Windows. The Fling does not make any changes to the existing vCenter or platform service controller components. It is designed to run side by side of Web client and vCenter without affecting the current vSphere Web Client operation.