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Most popular VMWare Virtual Appliances for Security

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Updated on September 25, 2009: Please review the updated list of virtual appliances.

You may also be interested in reviewing virtual appliances for IT Administrators.

The original post has been retained as a historical reference.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. 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 Security, 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 174 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

SpamTitan

SpamTitan allows you create a Email Security Appliance for your Gateway

4.3478

23

10,000

4

Mitea MailDefender

Antispam / Antivirus Gateway and Email Archive Server

4.1739

23

9,600

5

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

18

7,200

6

Untangle 5.0

Open Source Security Gateway & Firewall that blocks Spam, Spyware, Myspace & more

4.0667

15

6,100

7

Email Security Virtual Appliance – (ESVA) 1.7

Email anti-spam, anti-virus, anti-phishing appliance

4.2143

14

5,900

8

Astaro Security Gateway

Astaro Security Gateway is the world’s most popular Unified Threat Management software appliance.

3.9333

15

5,900

9

Accellion Secure File Transfer – Virtual Appliance

Secure File Transfer Virtual Appliance – secure, economical and easy to use secure file transfer for today’s global enterprises

4.1429

14

5,800

10

Fedora Core 5 with a Nessus Port Scanner software

This setup will set on any network and scan either a network or a single server

3.8000

15

5,700

11

IPCop 1.4.11

IPCop 1.4.11 (cvs) firewall, selected add-ons and full VMware Tools integration

3.2941

17

5,600

12

Sepono

Complete VPN enabled (Cisco 3000 series, OpenVPN) remote desktop client (RDP, XDMCP, VNC) software stack.

3.0588

17

5,200

13

Vyatta Community 2.2 (VC2.2)

Linux-based firewall, VPN, and advanced router

4.0909

11

4,500

14

BackTrack

Network Security Exploit Suite

4.6667

9

4,200

15

FalconStor CDP Virtual Appliance

Continuous availability and complete protection of physical and virtual machines

3.3333

12

4,000

16

Penguin Sleuth Kit Virtual Computer Forensics and Security Platform

Get started Managing Your IP Space Address today! Freeware!

3.5455

11

3,900

17

Altor Networks – Virtual Network Security Analyzer

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

4.375

8

3,500

18

Enterprise Encryption Server (EES)

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

3.5000

10

3,500

19

VPN-1 VE (Virtual Edition)

Proven Security for Virtual Environments

4.000

8

3,200

20

Check Point Connectra NGX R66 Virtual Appliance

Connectra secure remote access gateway unifies best of breed SSL VPN, IPSec VPN and intrusion prevention

3.875

8

3,100

Be sure to lookup the other articles on the most popular VMWare Virtual Appliances on this blog.

Written by paule1s

January 30, 2009 at 6:44 pm

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  1. Virtual AutumnTECH was just updated in the VMware appliances directory. Virtual AutumnTECH Standard Edition is free and includes some great tools for filtering out junkmail senders. Check it out
    at: http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/971

    Thanks

    AutumnTECH

    February 26, 2009 at 2:04 pm

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