VMworld is two weeks away from now and they already gave us a sneak preview about some upcoming changes in their next product line.
vCenter Server for Windows
VMware plans to deprecate vCenter Server for Windows with the next numbered release (not update release) of vSphere. The next version of vSphere will be the terminal release for which vCenter Server for Windows will be available.
The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) was first introduced with the release of vSphere 5.0 and has since evolved to become the definitive deployment model for vCenter Server. VMware has also been pushing the appliance a bit by giving it features that are exclusive such as:
- Improved Appliance Management
- VMware Update Manager
- Native High Availability
- Built-in Backup / Restore
VMware plans to deprecate the Flash-based vSphere Web Client
The vSphere GUIs, including the vSphere Web Client and HTML5-based vSphere Client, are tools that are used every day by IT to manage the operation of their virtual data center. VMware is constantly striving to make these tools performant and easy to use. However, with the vSphere Web Client, the community were frustrated because it was based on Flash technology that resulted in less than ideal performance and constant update requirements. Additionally, Adobe has recently announced plans to deprecate Flash.
VMware had the intention for a few years now to eventually replace the vSphere Web Client with a modern GUI administration tool. The HTML5-based vSphere Client is that worthy successor. The vSphere Client was introduced first in the Fling, then supported with vSphere 6.5 and has now been in customer hands for 1.5 years and production tested for over 9 months. Since its introduction, the vSphere Client has received overwhelmingly positive responses from the vSphere community and customer base.
By the time the vSphere Web Client is deprecated, the vSphere Client will be full featured but with significantly better responsiveness and usability.
The vSphere Client will be the primary GUI administration tool for vSphere environments starting in the next release. Customers should start transitioning over to the vSphere Client if they have not already done so as the vSphere Web Client will no longer be available after the next vSphere release.