VMware has planned to ditch Flash-based vSphere Web client for a while, and worked in parallel on a HTML5 version. Finally, the web client called vSphere can be downloaded from VMware’s Fling website. Adobe is desperate because it’s losing customers, but it won’t be able to stop this migration as long as its player will continue to have vulnerabilities. Recently was released version Adobe Flash Player 184.108.40.206 for Windows (Internet Explorer, Firefox and other Netscape compatible browsers, Opera and Chromium based browsers) and Mac (Safari, Firefox and other Netscape compatible browser, Opera 26 and Chromium based browsers) with a bug fix that was affecting a subset of Flash gaming content, but there are still many unsolved problems.
Vishwa Srikaanth has announced through a blog post that “The decision to go with Flash was made years ago, before HTML5 and developer tools were ready. The situation has changed, and we’ve been working very hard on removing the dependency on Flash to improve performance, stability, and security.” For starters, VMware has released vSphere 6.o update 2, which had a new HTML 5 host management interface and now, vCenter has an HTML 5 interface.
“Fling” is the name of the new client and VMware is encouraging users to send feedback about it in order to deliver frequent updates to the code. Fling will work with vSphere 6.0 environments and it’s deployed as a new VM from the downloadable OVA. The list of current features, which has been published on labs.vmware.com includes:
– VM Power Operations (common cases);
– 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);
– Additional monitoring views (Performance charts, Tasks, Events);
– Global Views (Recent tasks, Alarms-view only).
Also, the client has a new visual theme that was called “Clarity”, but it has a few UI bugs that will be fixed. Currently, the theme is in beta.