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Dec 2 2008   6:23PM GMT

VMware product name changes: vCenter, View

Eric Siebert Eric Siebert Profile: Eric Siebert

VMware has just announced that they are changing the names of their current products to the new product names that were announced at VMworld. The biggest changes are that VirtualCenter is now being referred to as vCenter Server and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is now being referred to as View. vCenter is also the name that will be used for all of their infrastructure and management applications (i.e. Lab Manager is now vCenter Lab Manager) and View will also be the name for all of their desktop applications (i.e. Virtual Desktop Manager is now View Manager).

While this was a good time to change the name for VDI to View with the release of the new version (View 3) it was expected that the vCenter name change would not take place until the release of VI4. Subsequently this may lead to confusion for a while as the vCenter name is effective immediately for the current version of the product (VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 3). VMware has updated their website accordingly for all the product download and documentation pages but the name has not been changed in the current documentation or product. Whether they apply the name change inside the application and documentation in the next release of vCenter (presumably 2.5 Update 4) or wait until VI4 is released is not currently known. Additionally this only applies to the current versions which presumably means any version of vCenter 2.5, version 2.0.x is still referred to as VirtualCenter.

All of the product name changes affected by this are listed below:

VMware VirtualCenter → VMware vCenter Server
VMware Lifecycle Manager → VMware vCenter Lifecycle Manager
VMware Converter → VMware vCenter Converter
VMware Lab Manager → VMware vCenter Lab Manager
VMware Stage Manager → VMware vCenter Stage Manager
VMware Update Manager → VMware vCenter Update Manager
VMware Site Recovery Manager → VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
VirtualCenter Foundation → vCenter Server Foundation
VMFS → VMware vStorage VMFS
VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure → VMware View
Virtual Desktop Manager (VDM) → VMware View Manager
VMware Administrator Interface → VMware View Administrator
VDM Agent → VMware View Manager Agent
VDM Web Access → VMware View Portal
VDM Client for Windows → VMware View Client for Windows
VDM Client for Linux → VMware View Client for Linux

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  • Virtualkaren
    Yes, a peculiar time for the name change... it may take some time for it to catch on. It will be interesting to see whether this new convention is also adopted by vendors that provide solutions that complement VMware.
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