Hello lasso. I agree that the client being Windows-only being annoying since I'm a Mac user.
Have you tried the vSphere 5.1 Web Client? It uses Flash. So, it should be able tor run on multiple platforms. It can be used to manage vSphere 5.0 environments; i'm not sure about the vSphere 4.x versions, though.
Agreed. Management of vSphere 4.X was a bit of a challenge. However, in these cases I have requested RDP access for those users so they can get into the vCenter server to monitor performance, and that usually resolves the issue.
Hello Iasso, Your statements doesnt apply to vSphere 5.x, where VMware introduced vCenter Linux Appliance and Web Clinet. You can manage vCenter using a browser from MAC. Thank you.
Latest versions overcomes this limitation too mentioned in the post. Now, ESXi can now be managed through Linux.
Definitely! The later versions of vSphere (5.1 and now 5.5) have a preferred web interface that allows management from just about everything!
vSPhere version 5.1 and other later releases enable for access from different platforms and not just Windows-based systems only,
We are able to patch our hosts during production hours with the ability to keep services running.
The vMotion in particular I think is the most valuable because this feature provides migrations of virtual machines in case you want to run do maintenance.
The free ESXi hypervisor was a great way to get started, as it allowed us to introduce virtual machines so that users could start to experience the advantages.
It has allowed us to be more resilient to infrastructure and hardware failure, reduced hardware costs, and decreased recovery time from failures.
The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution.
The ability of a running VM to be quickly relocated to another hypervisor or launched at another site via replicated storage greatly reduces downtime.
Its DR facility is good. Within a moment, data can be retrieve from another physical location over the Internet. The speed to recover data is good.