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Most popular VMWare Virtual Appliances for IT Administrators

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Updated on September 23, 2009: Please review the updated list of virtual appliances.

You may also be interested in reviewing virtual appliances for Security.

The original post has been retained as a historical reference. The download links for most of the appliances in the following table no longer work since VMware has revamped the Appliance Marketplace.

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I have ranked the virtual appliances for IT Administrators available at the VMWare Virtual Appliance Marketplace (VVAM) as described below. I am going  through this exercise  to gain an understanding of what types of appliances are  popular, who is providing them and what they are composed of.  Apart from the serial number in the first column and the computed Rank in the last column, all other data is from the VVAM; the titles are self-explanatory.

Methodology

  • I accessed the listings for Administration, sorted them by Rating and cut and pasted the first 100 listing into an Excel spreadsheet.
  • The Star rating that is visible on the web page shows up as a decimal fraction in Excel, this is what you see in the Customer Rating column below.
  • I computed a Rank for each listing  by multiplying the Customer Rating x 100 x the number of ratings for that appliance.
  • Finally I sorted the result by the rank to prepare the table that appears below. I have selected the top 20 of 269 appliances.
  • The virtual appliances are ordered by their rank from the highest to the lowest
  • I found it interesting that several appliances that rated a 5 had either one or no user each and the bulk of the ratings are for appliances having 4 and 3 stars.

No.

IT Administration Virtual Appliance

What is it used for?

Customer Rating (R)

# Ratings (N)

Rank (R*100*N)

1

JanusVM

Internet Privacy Appliance. Encrypts your Internet traffic, hides your IP address, and is easy to setup.

4.7009

448

210,600

2

X-M0n0wall v1.235

*Most popular Firewall appliance* All-in-one firewall package upgraded with VMXnet, heartbeat and MUI-control.

4.5283

159

72,000

3

Hercules Load Balancer Virtual Appliance>

A tiny but mighty tcp load balancer

4.1333

132

57,200

4

Fedora Core 5 with a Nagios system monitoring tool

This setup helps make sure that critical machines is as little downtime as possible

4.1714

35

14,600

5

SpamTitan

SpamTitan allows you create a Email Security Appliance for your Gateway

4.3478

23

10,000

6

Mitea MailDefender

Antispam / Antivirus Gateway and Email Archive Server

4.1739

23

9,600

7

Akorri BalancePoint Virtual Appliance Demo

BalancePoint helps VMware customers fix performance issues, avoid future problems, and optimize server and storage capacity

4.1364

22

9,100

8

Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop with VMware Tools

Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop VMware image with VMware Tools and sound

3.7500

24

9,000

9

Open Source IT Monitor

Instant IT Monitoring

4.0000

22

8,800

10

Network Security Toolkit (NST) Virtual Machine

Best-of-breed open source network security applications with supporting scripts and a web-based front-end management interface.

4.0000

17

7,200

11

Windows 7 Ultimate Beta Virtual Appliance

Download Link has been disabled post close of Windows 7 Beta. Windows 7 is the next release of Microsoft Windows, an operating system produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers.

4.2500

16

6,800

12

Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager (Load Balancer)

Application Delivery Controller

4.0000

16

6,400

13

rPath Port 25 Mail Server Appliance

rPath Port 25 Mail Server Appliance

3.9333

15

5,900

14

Openfiler

NAS and SAN storage operating system

3.6875

16

5,900

15

AllardSoft File Transfer Virtual Appliance

The File Transfer Appliance allows you to send up to 2 Gb files securely using a standard web browser.

4.7500

8

3,800

16

Altor Networks – Virtual Network Security Analyzer

VNSA provides granular, real time and historical visibility into the virtual switch traffic.

4.3750

8

3,500

17

Kickstart Appliance

Use to provision virtual and physical Linux systems through Kickstart

4.2500

8

3,400

18

Infoblox IPAM WinConnect LE

Get started Managing Your IP Space Address today! Freeware!

3.7500

8

3,000

19

Netflow Appliance

It analyzes network traffic using netflow data and reports on bandwidth usage by top applications, conversations and hosts.

4.1429

7

2,900

20

rPath MediaWiki Appliance

MediaWiki plus the LAMP stack in a turn-key VMware form-factor

4.1429

7

2,900

You should review the other articles on this blog that list the most popular VMWare virtual appliances in other categories.

Written by paule1s

January 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm

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  3. Hi, nice work. Have submitted your post at http://www.virtualizationtimes.com/most-popular-vmware-virtual-appliances-it-administrators.

    Have a nice day and a happy new year!

    Fred

    Fred

    December 31, 2009 at 3:13 pm


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