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Top 10 VMware Virtual Appliances for IT Administrators

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I have reviewed several appliances in the IT Administration and Systems Infrastructure categories of the VMware Appliance Marketplace to identify the Top Ten and more appliances. Here are the steps I followed for selecting the appliances listed below:

  • I have relied on the Average customer Rating, expressed as a 5 star, or a 4 star, etc., rating (you may wish to review my analysis of VMware’s ratings)
  • I discarded all virtual appliances that solely package OS distributions, primarily, ubuntu, fedora, etc. My rationale is that an OS by itself provides low business value to an IT Administrator. While an IT administrator can use these just as if they were using a ghost image, these virtual appliances neither package applications in a usable form, nor simplify the task of installing and configuring the applications that provide business value. Besides, the base OS virtual appliances are available in a category by themselves
  • I also discarded several appliances rated 4.5 star or less, which are present in the directory but have either broken or stubbed out download links. They seem to have been retained in the directory to beef up the appliance count, however, they are not useful to the community.

S. No.

Virtual Appliance

What is it used for?

Download Link

Average Customer Rating

Number of Reviews

Pricing

1

WebGUI 7.4.25

WebGUI is an open source content management system built to give business users the ability to build and maintain complex web sites.

Download

5

0

Free

2

Opsview 2.12 Virtual Machine – Network and Application Monitoring

Opsview is enterprise network and application monitoring software designed for scalability, flexibility and ease of use.

Download

5

0

Free

3

ShellNet MiniVM

Web Interface for managing Nessus Vulnerability Scans and results

Download

5

0

Free

4

Pentaho BI 1.7 running on CentOS 5.2

Open Source Business Intelligence Suite

Download

5

0

Free

5

up.time

up.time allows you to monitor, measure and manage your physical and virtual IT infrastructure from a single centralized console.

Download

5

5

$695 per license

6

Profense Professional Web Application Firewall

Web application firewall with automated adaptive learning, load balancing and XML support. PCI DSS and OWASP Top Ten compliant

Download

5

0

Free Trial, $5950 per license

7

FalconStor Virtual tape Library

The only VTL solution that improves the quality and efficiency of tape backup in virtual enviroments.

Download

5

0

Registration 30 day trial

8

Replify

Virtual WAN Optimization Controller

Download

5

0

Free Trial

9

Allardsoft Secure File Transfer Virtual Appliance

The AllardSoft Secure Filetransfer Appliance allows you to send very large files securely using a standard web browser.

Download

5

5

Free trial, $79 per license

10

FOG – Computer Cloning/Imaging solution Server (0.27)

FOG is a computer imaging/cloning solution with many advanced features includes web gui and client service.

Download

5

0

Free

11

AS Communication Gateway

High-Class scalable anti spam solution from small business to enterprise. Developed in Europe/Austria

Download

5

0

Free

12

X-M0n0wall v1.235

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

Download

4.5

0

Free

13

rPath Port 25 Mail Server Appliance

Mail Server appliance

Download

4

0

Free

Which virtual appliance do you use the most and why do you like it?

Written by paule1s

September 23, 2009 at 3:16 pm

VMware Appliance Marketplace Ratings Analysis

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During the past week, I was analyzing the recently revamped VMware Appliance Marketplace. My analysis is summarized below:

Salient Statistics

  • 9% are top-rated, i.e., have a Star Rating of 5
  • 41% have a Star Rating of between 3 and 4, i.e., this cluster may be providing the most value to its users, even though it is not top-rated.
  • There is a steep drop-off in the number of appliances that have a Star Rating below 3
  • 31% are unrated, which seems to indicate that a significant majority has been submitted recently
  • Only 3% (40/1227) have Reviews – this is a very small number. The number of reviews have to grow substantially to indicate that a vibrant community, like Amazon.com reviews, has formed here

Transparency

I feel there is a greater need for transparency. What do the Star Ratings mean?

  • Are they correlated with the number of downloads for that appliance?
  • What is the impact of reviews on these ratings?

Beware Star Ratings alone! The following appliance rated 4.5 has 4 reviews, read them and you will know what I mean.

As a member of VMware’s Technology Network community, I will urge VMware to provide greater transparency around how these ratings are computed/awarded. It will greatly help the users understand the ratings system.

What do you think?

Data

VMware Marketplace Ratings

Number of User Reviews

Star Rating

Total for this Rating

% of Overall

14

6

5

4

3

2

1

Total Reviews

5

115

9%

 

 

2

 

 

3

9

14

4.5

40

3%

 

 

 

1

 

 

2

3

4

151

12%

 

 

 

 

1

 

3

4

3.5

158

13%

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

196

16%

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

2.5

64

5%

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

2

2

24

2%

1

 

 

 

 

1

3

5

1.5

13

1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

1

87

7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

7

0

379

31%

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

0

Total

1227

100%

1

1

2

1

2

6

27

40

Written by paule1s

September 18, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Most popular VMWare Virtual Appliances for Security

with 3 comments

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.

Thanks

********** ORIGINAL POST FOLLOWS **********

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

Pre-configured VHD (Virtual Appliance) available from Microsoft

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The Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) format is the common virtualization file format for

  • Virtual PC (host: Windows XP or 2000, guest: multiple PC-based operating systems)
  • Virtual Server (host: Windows 2003, Small Business Server or XP, guest: Windows 2003, XP, 2000 and NT4 SP6a)
  • Windows Server 2008 with built-in hypervisor Hyper-V (host: Windows 2008 64-bit, 64-bit and 32-bit guests: Windows 2008, 2003, SuSe Enterprise Server 10, WIndows Vista, Windows XP)

Microsoft’s has introduced the Run IT on a Virtual Hard Disk program so that customers can try Microsoft’s and its partner’s products downloaded as a pre-configured virtual hard disk, i.e., virtual appliance, for free in their own environment , for 30, 60 or 90 days, without the need for dedicated servers or complex installations.

Windows Server 2008 VHD’s:

Pre-requisites: Microsoft Server 2008 Hyper-V must be installed on a physical machine. A 64-bit system with hardware-assisted virtualization enabled and data execution prevention (DEP) is required. You should have a clean install of x64 edition of Windows Server 2008 to be able to use the Hyper-V technology. Detailed pre-requisites are availabe here.

Full Install:

 
Core Install:

Application VHD’s:

Pre-requisites:: Microsoft Virtual PC or Virtual Server

No.

Pre-configured VHD

What is it used for?

1

Exchange Server 2007 SP1 VHD

Evaluate the new capabilities of Exchange Server 2007 SP1.

2

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 VHD

System Center provides you a solution for operating system deployment, patch management, software distribution, virtual application streaming and more (product homepage and Configuration Manager Techcenter)

3

Windows 2003 R2

Windows Server 2003 R2 simplifies branch server management, improves identity and access management, reduces storage management costs, provides a rich Web platform.

4

Office SharePoint Server 2007

Office SharePoint Server 2007 is a collaboration and content management server that supports all intranet, extranet, and Web applications across an enterprise within one integrated platform.

5

Forefront codename “Stirling”

An integrated security system that delivers comprehensive, coordinated protection across endpoints, messaging and collaboration servers, and the network edge. It simplifies management and provides critical visibility into threats, vulnerabilities, and configuration risks

6

System Center Essentials 2007 SP1

System Center Essentials 2007 SP1 is a new management solution specifically designed for IT professionals working in midsize businesses troubleshooting user problems, automating management tasks, managing multiple systems, and diagnosing and resolving IT problems

7

Windows Vista

Dekstop OS

None of Microsoft’s partners are offering pre-configured VHD’s on Microsoft’s site at the time of writing. I am wondering why this is so?

Written by paule1s

January 21, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Most popular VMWare Virtual Appliances for Web Apps

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I have ranked the virtual appliances for App/Web Servers 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 App/Web Server, 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 25 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.

Web/App Server 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

Hercules Load Balancer Virtual Appliance

A tiny but mighty tcp load balancer

4.1333

132

57,200

3

Pyle Python Learning Environment Virtual Appliance

Pyle provides you with the python programming language learning environment

3.9545

66

26100

4

Complete JBoss/Eclipse Integrated Development Environment

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

4.0870

46

18,800

5

Fedora Directory Server 1.02 LDAP Appliance

A virtual machine appliance featuring Fedora (LDAP) Directory Server 1.02 on Fedora Core 5

4.0556

36

14,600

6

Fedora Core 5 with a Htdig search engine website

VM with Fedora Core 5, Apache, and Htdig

4.2083

24

10,100

7

rPath Single Node Solaris 9 X86 Cluster

A platform facilitate the deployment of cluster-aware solaris applications, an ideal test bed for a developer.

4.0000

25

10,000

8

MyWebSFTP v1.0

A simple, feature full, SSL secured, and easy to use FTP server and web interface written in PHP backended by MySQL and ProFTPD.

3.8750

24

9,300

9

NoWeb

A comprehensive and easy to use web content filtering system

3.2593

27

8,800

10

Fedora Core 5 with a Squirrelmail webmail frontend

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

4.0952

21

8,600

11

Spam Vigilante – Mail Filter Virtual Appliance

A mail proxy based on FreeBSD with spam (SpamAssassin) and virus (ClamAV) scanning. Can be used with any existing mail system.

3.6522

23

8,400

12

Collaboration2

Collaboration Server

4.1500

20

8,300

13

Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8.2

J2EE 1.4 platform app. server,focused mainly on developer productivity; Ideal for Web Services/SOA and Web 2.0-based apps.

4.1000

20

8,200

14

OBS Virtual Application Server

OBS Webfire, Open Office, Firefox, Apache, Jboss(EJB 3), Eclipse, VNC, MySQL, Games on SuSE 10

4.2632

19

8,100

15

The Web Developer Appliance

A virtual machine designed for testing and fine tuning your web-based applications in a safe environment

4.0500

20

8,100

16

J2easy

JBoss appliance, based on FC5 with http installation and managment tools

4.1579

19

7,900

17

Personal Backup Appliance

Use this VM to Backup, Restore, or Clone the Hard Disk Drive of any Computer or VM over the Network!

4.1111

18

7,400

18

OpenEMR 2.8.1 Appliance

Open Source Medical Practice Management Software Appliance

4.1765

17

7,100

19

Network PDF Server Appliance

A PDF Server providing network shared printers for creating PDF documents

3.5000

20

7,000

20

Windows 7 Ultimate Beta Virtual Appliance

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

21

UbuntuFax

Ubuntu based HylaFax Server that allows you to use WinModems for faxing

4.0265

16

6,500

22

Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager (Load Balancer)

Application Delivery Controller

4.0000

16

6,400

23

Fedora Core 5 with a Media Wiki web interface

Have your very own wiki website everywhere you go

3.8125

16

6,100

24

rPath Port 25 Mail Server Appliance

rPath Port 25 Mail Server Appliance

3.9333

15

5,900

25

DAD/miniDAD

LDAP-controlled CentOS server with embedded preconfigured Ubuntu miniDAD clients that “know” how to contact DAD

4.0000

14

5,600

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

Most popular VMWare Virtual Appliances for IT Administrators

with 3 comments

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.

Thanks

********** ORIGINAL POST FOLLOWS **********

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