Manage Your vSphere Infrastructure From Your Mobile Device

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Eiad Al-Aqqad is a Consulting Architect within the SDDC Professional Services practice. He has been an active consultant using VMware technologies since 2006. He is a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX#89), as well as an expert in VMware vCloud, vSphere, and SRM. In addition, he serves as a CTO Ambassador. Read more from Eiad at his blog, VirtualizationTeam.com, and follow him on Twitter @VirtualizationT.

 

 

 

 

Background

While at RADIO (VMware’s annual internal innovation off-site), I was roaming around the different Expo booths. Each Expo booth had an interesting upcoming product or feature. Some of them were currently being developed, some were about to be released, and some were just ideas to be worked on far in the future. The shared theme was that these were all going to eventually be released as products/features—at least, that was until I got to a booth hidden in the corner of the event.

This particular booth grabbed my attention as they had many mobile devices on their table, so I approached them and asked what they were working on. They were actually showcasing an application that not only allows you to manage your VMware vSphere® infrastructure from your mobile device, but also allows you to monitor it as well. I was impressed by their live demo, and asked when it would be released. To my surprise the answer was that it was released a year ago with over 80,000 downloads, with close to zero dollars spent on marketing. I felt ashamed that I did not know about it till then, and decided to share this with the larger community.

 

Watchlist

VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist is a mobile application available for Android and iOS that allows you to monitor sub-sets of virtual machines and hosts on your vSphere server or stand-alone VMware ESXiTM environment. The application will allow you to monitor these objects for alerts, look up KB articles which might help you solve problems, provide quick remediation actions and delegate information about the problem to colleagues who might be in a position to fix the problem while you are on the go.

 

Use Cases

If your vSphere infrastructure is reachable from the internet or through VPN, then you can manage and monitor your virtual infrastructure from anywhere as long you have your mobile device and an internet connection. Imagine you are on call while out with your friends. You get an email alert about a critical VM being slow or down. How would it feel at the moment if you could just fix the issue or delegate it right from your cell phone?

If your vSphere infrastructure resides inside a corporate firewall, Watchlist will work with your VPN. So imagine you are in a meeting and you get a call from a user asking you to check the status of some workload. Instead of leaving the meeting you could discretely use VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist on your phone to identify the problem and ask your junior admin to handle it.

 

Advantages

  • It is a native mobile application. Rather than porting an existing desktop application to a mobile device or optimizing an existing web interface for a mobile browser, Watchlist was built from the ground up as a native application to provide the best user experience using a mobile specific use-case.
  • Freedom of choice. Watchlist is available for both Android and iOS, so while it is optimized for a smartphone, you got a wide choice of mobile devices that you can use it on. It is loaded with features. For a list of features and a video demo, check out my post on VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist features.
  • It is free. What are you waiting for? Get to your Android/iOS device and try it out for yourself!

 

Feedback

The engineering team is eager to learn what you think of VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist. They would also like to understand the following:

  • What is your use case for VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist?
  • How could we enhance it? What would you change about it, if anything?
  • What features would you like to see in future releases?
  • Would you like to see similar mobile applications for any other VMware Applications (vRA, vROPs, vRB, or so on)? If so, what is your use case?

 

Please share VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist with your colleagues and friends, and let us know what you think in the comments area below or by reaching out to our vSphere Mobile Watchlist engineering team directly at: vpshere-mobile@vmware.com or through our VMware Community.

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