Managing vSphere on Android using VI Java API

It’s been a while since I checked the VI Java API fling at VMware Lab last time. When I checked it again yesterday, I found something new and exciting – VI Java API on Google Android. The following comment was posted there by a gentleman called Bob:

Great framework, I used it on a recently published android application (avmcontrol – vsphere client for android), I had to tweak it a bit, however developing for android using vijava was much easier then the same for iOS4 devices.

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Following the link, I found the application at Android Market. Here is the high level description of the mobile app:

iVMControl – Control Vmware® vCenter and ESX devices from your Android device!
Connect to your Vmware® vCenter or to your ESX(i) server and take control of your Virtual Machines on the go!
The ideal application for Data Center Administrators who want to have a life outside of work too! :)
iVMControl allows you to connect remotely and securely to your Virtualization Hypervisors and monitor the activity on the hosts and on the VMs. You will be able to check alarms, events and task status, see the status of every host and VM, the operating system installed, the power state, the status and version of your vmtools, check if any VM has raised an alarm and so on.
You can also remotely power on, power off or suspend virtual machines, enter or exit maintenance mode, reboot, disconnect or reconnect your ESX hosts.
If you have an Android based phone, it’s something you may want to check it out. Unlike VI Java API, it’s not free but comes with a small $14.99 price tag. I personally haven’t played with the app, but the feedbacks at the Android Market seem very positive.

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One Comment

  1. Igor
    Posted May 11, 2011 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    vmwClient is also good – I use it in my daily routines with ESX/ESXi

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