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Fling Developer Spotlight- Nan Wang

VMware engineers come up with all the great ideas for Flings, and they do all the work for these tools whenever they can squeeze time into their busy schedules. In addition to the quarterly Flings trend blogs I post, I am going to spotlight some of our Fling developers so you can meet the amazing people behind the innovations you get to experiment with.

To kick off this series and start the New Year, I want to introduce you to Nan Wang. Nan works out of VMware’s Beijing office, and has been with VMware for two years. Nan developed three Flings, and he updates each of them frequently based on customer feedback and testing. Those Flings are the following:

  • VMware OS Optimization Tool – optimizes Windows 7/8/2008/2012/10 systems for use with VMware Horizon View. The optimization tool includes customizable templates to enable or disable Windows system services and features, per VMware recommendations and best practices, across multiple systems. Since most Windows system services are enabled by default, the optimization tool can be used to easily disable unnecessary services and features to improve performance.
  • VMware Horizon Toolbox 2.0 – creates a Web portal that acts as an extension to View Administrator in VMware Horizon™ 6.
  • Horizon Migration Tool – is a part of the Safe Passage Program. The Horizon Migration Tool helps you migrate published applications and desktops from XenApp to Horizon View. One XenApp farm is migrated to one or more Horizon View farm(s).


Q: What do you do at VMware?
A:  I’m on the End User Computing technical enablement team. Our team targets gaps between existing products and the market by providing solutions, reference architectures, and tools.  Most people on our team have many years of work background, and we access customer requirements and issues more frequently than traditional product development teams.

Q: What is your most memorable moment working at VMware?
A: Working in the booth at VMworld, and introducing VMware technologies to lots of customers.

Q: How did the idea(s) for the Flings you developed come about?
A: Our team works closely with real customer issues. So it’s natural to identify ideas as optimization, toolbox, migration tool, etc. For the Flings, the VMware OS Optimization Tool was first introduced by Jack McMichael [Specialist SE at VMware], and we expanded it by adding many features. VMware Horizon Toolbox 2.0 was also a team effort. At the beginning, I was thinking we’d group all our Horizon View related management tools together, and use an umbrella concept “toolbox” to rebrand that. Horizon Migration Tool  was part of the Safe Passage Program, and it’s also a team effort, with several developers and some field advisors.

Q: What was it like developing these Flings?
A: This is the main reason why I love VMware: as an engineer, I can create interesting projects and, thanks to the great Fling channel, what I create can be directly consumed by customers. I know that every enhancement can help someone in the world. That’s really great for an engineer.

Q: What does innovation mean to you?
A: Ten years from now, when I look back on my life, I want to tell my daughter what her father has done. I’m still far from making her proud at that moment. So innovation is the key to achieve that.

Q: What is your biggest concern in the world today?
A: Knowledge passing. [I’m] not sure what the limit of that is. Everyone is born fresh and new and must learn lots of things from the beginning. Though we can create stuff based on one’s previous work, it still costs much in the progress. A person takes decades to develop knowledge and achieve [a] similar level as older people.

Q: What do you enjoy when you’re not working?
A: I enjoy creating projects. For example, [on] the Robotypo platform you can write robots and see how they fight with others.


VMware is fortunate to have Nan Wang! You can contact him through Feedback on any of the Flings he has created.