It's no secret that going forward, VMware's new vSphere Web Client will be the primary graphical interface for interacting with vSphere and other solutions within the vCloud Suite. This is regardless of whether the interface is using FLEX, HTML5 or some other framework, that is not the the topic of discussion, so please do not ask 🙂

VMware has also made this very clear in the recent vSphere 5.1 release notes:

In vSphere 5.1, all new vSphere features are available only through the vSphere Web Client. The traditional vSphere Client will continue to operate, supporting the same feature set as vSphere 5.0, but not exposing any of the new features in vSphere 5.1.

vSphere 5.1 and its subsequent update and patch releases are the last releases to include the traditional vSphere Client. Future major releases of VMware vSphere will include only the vSphere Web Client.

The vSphere Web Client was first introduced with the release of vSphere 5.0 with limited virtual machine and host capabilities. In vSphere 5.1, it was completely revamped to bring the large majority of functionality that we have all been used to in the vSphere C# Client and VMware will continue to close this gap and bring other improvements with future releases of vSphere.

As with any major change, this will not happen overnight and will take time for VMware, customers and partners to transition over. Just take a look at the transition from classic ESX to ESXi, it took several years for that to really sink in through the various updates and it is no longer a question or concern anymore.

A common request that I have heard from customers regarding the new vSphere Web Client is the availability of 3rd party vendor plugins. I have found it quite difficult to find all the plugins that are available and I bet customers would love to see a consolidated list in one place that they can search through. Well, I decided to do some research as well as leverage my Twitter followers to help me build out the complete list of vSphere Web Client plugins. I have broken the list by VMware, Partners, Scripted (legacy) and Unreleased vSphere Web Client plugins. I have also tried to include links to each of the 3rd party plugins so you can easily get more information about each of them.

If you are a customer and you do not see a specific vendor plugin, I highly recommend you reach out to your vendor and provide them feedback, this includes VMware. The more feedback our partners receive, the better chance you will get a vSphere Web Client plugin or any other feature for that matter!

If there are other vSphere Web Client plugins that you know of, please leave a comment or reply back on twitter with #webclientplugin and I will update the blog post.

VMware vSphere Web Client Plugins

3rd Party Vendor vSphere Web Client Plugins

Scripted vSphere Web Client Plugins (not "native" plugins but legacy C# Scripted method)

Unreleased vSphere Web Client Plugins

Community vSphere Web Client Plugins

If you are interested in learning more about the new vSphere Web Client including videos and demos or looking to develop your own vSphere Web Client, please take a look at the additional resources below.

25 thoughts on “Which Vendor Has A vSphere Web Client Plugin?

  1. Hi William, I’m using Zerto and they allows for embedding their original Flash-based plugin into the web interface, so I think it could be listed as a scripted-type plugin. Have no link about it.

    Luca.

  2. Thanks for the list! I hope it will grow post VMworld 🙂

    What about the backup products (Symantec NetBackup, EMC Avamar, etc), emerging partners (Nutanix, Pivot3, etc) and others (e.g. Symantec VCS)?
    e1

  3. Some facts and other informative points given here are quite considerable and to the point as well would be so far better to look for more of this kind to have better results.

  4. Folks,

    Vital Labs is launching reusable components and framework for quick #vCenter Web Client Plugin (Flex & Java) development for its Storage & other customers.

    With this, we would be able to build and deliver vCenter Plug-in with in weeks if your Storage provides REST/SOAP APIs or other interfaces.

    This plug-in is feature rich and will perform fully automated datastore creation, performance visibility (IOPS, throughput, Latency etc.), Capacity visibility, Cloning & Snapshot management.

    Talk to Vital Labs team and get vCenter plug-in for your Storage array or Network equipment. Email us to : info@vitallabs.in

    Thanks,
    Jitendra

      • Thanks. I expected that – wanted to confirm. This would be true even for same category – for ex storage ie NetApp and EMC plugins at the same time….can you confirm ? thanks again

  5. I am setting up development environment for creating plugins. Can you please share some resource that guides through the steps required for setup

Thanks for the comment!