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Top 7 requirements for infrastructure cloud providers in 2010

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This is a summary of the post on the VMOps blog.

1) Inexpensive storage

The storage industry is built on the back of NAS and SAN, but for cloud providers, the overwhelming preference is for inexpensive local disk, or DAS solutions. … every cloud provider I talk with expects storage to be independent of the host physical server, redundant, and provide support for HA.

2) Open source hypervisor

Service providers know that if they plan to compete with Amazon, Rackspace and other cloud providers, on price, VMware is not a good option. Perhaps because it is being used by Amazon, Xen seems to be the most popular hypervisor for Infrastructure clouds among the service providers

3) Integration with Billing and Provisioning Apps

… most hosting companies and MSPs have billing and user management approaches that they have built-up over the years. Every one of the companies I’ve spoken with expect their cloud solution to plug into these existing systems.

4) Image-based pricing to support both Windows and Linux

Most service providers I talk to expect Linux to make up the majority of the images they run int he cloud, but they still need to make sure the cloud will support Windows, and all of the associated technology necessary to manage licenses.

5) Simplicity of administration by end0users

Plenty of end-users will leverage a Clouds API to automatically provision and manage virtual machines, but that doesn’t change the need for a simple UI. Most hosting companies have a huge number of end-users who are used to working with control panels, and an Infrastructure cloud needs to make life easy for these end-users.

6) Reliability

Over the next few years, many of the large providers of dedicated servers will be offering their customers the option to transition to virtual machines running on a computing cloud. For this to be successful, VMs need to offer better reliability than dedicated machines at a lower cost.

7) Turn-key solution

… service providers today can implement a completely integrated cloud stack on commodity hardware, and receive ongoing maintenance and upgrades over the years. Equally important, service providers can license software on a consumption basis, so upfront investment is negligible.

Incidentally, Mr. VMOps Product Manager, you may wish to provide just 3 more requirements to make this a Top 10 requirements list.

Written by paule1s

December 10, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Cloud storage predictions for 2010

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Detailed post by Sajai Krishnan, CEO, ParaScale is on David Marshall’s VMBlog. The key ideas are summarized below:

The advent of cloud computing has given rise to several cloud storage vendors.

1) The cloud starts to get described

Vendors will begin to describe concrete features and benefits of their product offerings

2) Commodity hardware starts to displace proprietary storage

While all storage vendors claim to use commodity hardware, in reality they are all essentially closed solutions qualified on two or three commodity boxes. Customers are locked into stovepipes with little ability to truly benefit from Moore’s law by selecting from the thousands of commodity servers available at any given point and at multiple points of purchase.

3) Server Virtualization will drive Private Cloud Storage adoption in the Enterprises

With server virtualization, organizations are free to take advantage of low-cost commodity hardware and aren’t tied to proprietary linkage of the OS and the hardware platform. The weak link today is the storage infrastructure behind virtualized servers.

4) A storage middle tier will emerge

The strategic importance of a low-cost, self-managing, petabyte scale tier that provides a platform for analysis and integrated applications emerges in organizations with large stores of file data. These organizations that are investing heavily in new tier1 storage and moving aged data to archive will experiment with a middle tier that leverages low cost commodity hardware and provides read/write access. This middle tier will provide opportunity for administrators to automate storage management and optimize for performance and cost, but at a much lower expense. This middle tier will also support large scale analysis while eliminating related data migration and administrative tasks. The emerging middle tier will also provide an integration layer with service provider cloud offerings. The similar architectures enable "cloud bursting," the seamless ability for service providers to offer spillover capacity and compute to enterprises.

5) Opex, not Capex will emerge as the most important criteria driving storage purchases

Maintenance costs on existing gear will be under heavy review with the emergence of commodity-based hardware storage options.

Written by paule1s

December 10, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Steve Herrod’s Virtualization Predictions for 2010

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Steve Herrod is the CTO and Senior VP R&D at VMWare.

1) Growing modularization of the data center

The EMC/Cisco vBlock bundles, as well as “converged infrastructure” offerings from HP, demonstrate that vendors understand that customers want simplicity, ease of use, and a single support channel for utilizing them. Look for more to come

2) Private clouds

Industry participants in 2010 will better define the private cloud and help customers implement it. We’ve finally emerged from the hype of cloud computing to tackle the realities of what’s needed and confront the challenges that currently exist, particularly around security. Furthermore, customers are realizing that their IT landscape will include a mix of both private and public cloud offerings (hybrid clouds). Customers want this hybrid world to be more easily managed and give them the right balances between efficiency, scalability, security, and control I fully expect that vendors, systems integrators, and certification agencies will rally to meet that demand in 2010

3) High-level application frameworks

I expect 2010 to be the year when developers and customers recognize the need to have even more choice as to where their applications are run in the cloud. This will lead to both open cloud standards and the arrival of new PaaS offerings designed with cloud portability in mind

Read the full post here

Predictions for 2009 are here.

Written by paule1s

December 7, 2009 at 4:27 pm

A year in review: What are our readers looking for?

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Our readers are primarily asking questions like:

  • How can I free up disk space, on Windows, and on ext4, ext3 on Ubuntu and Linux, within virtual disks like vmdk, vhd and vdi?
  • Where can I find the best virtual appliances/ Top 10 virtual appliances?
  • How can I convert from one virtual disk (vmdk to vhd, or vdi to vhd) to another?
  • Who are the competitors for ec2?

An analysis of the search terms shows interesting clusters:

Serial

Topic

% of queries

Search terms

1

ext4 defragmentation

23%

ext4 defrag, defrag ext4, ext4 defragment, defragment ext4

2

ubuntu ext4 defragmentation

14%

ext4 defrag ubuntu, ext4 ubuntu defrag, ubuntu ext4 defrag, ubuntu defrag ext4, defrag ext4 ubuntu, defrag ubuntu ext4

3

vmware virtual appliance

14%

vmware virtual appliance, vmware virtual appliances, top vmware appliances, top 10 vmware appliances, best vmware appliances

4

virtual appliance

5%

virtual appliance, virtual appliances, top appliances, top 10 appliances, best appliances

5

vmware firewall appliance

5%

vmware firewall appliance, vmware appliance firewall

6

ubuntu defragmentation

4%

defrag ubuntu, ubuntu defrag, defragment ubuntu, ubuntu defragment

7

ec2 competitors

4%

amazon ec2 competitors, ec2 competitors

8

windows 7 virtual appliance

4%

windows 7 virtual appliance, virtual applaince windows 7

9

ext3 defragmentation

4%

ext3 defrag, defrag ext3, ext3 defragment, defragment ext3

10

convert vdi to vhd

3%

convert vdi to vhd, vdi to vhd

If I abstract it out, our readers are primarily interested in learning how to free disk storage and where to find the best / Top 10 vmware, Xen and Windows virtual applainces.

Thank you. I appreciate your interest in this blog.

Top 10 VMware Virtual Appliances for Security

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I have reviewed several appliances in the Secure Content and Threat Management and Identity, Access and Vulnerability Managament categories of the VMware Appliance Marketplace to identify the Top 20 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 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

Stonesoft

Protects Internal Networks from Malicious Traffic in Demanding Virtual Environments

Download

5

0

Free trial with registration

2

Profense Base Web Application Firewall

Web application firewall with automated adaptive learning and HTTP load balancing

Download

5

0

Free Trial, USD 2950 per subscription

Profense Web Application Firewall (ESX)

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

Free Trial, USD 5950 per subscription

3

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

4

WiKID Strong Authentication Server 3.3.8

The WiKID Strong Authentication Enterprise Edition VMware 3.3.8. Support for Google SSO/SAML has been added

Download

5

0

USD 24 per user

5

Altor VF Virtual Firewall

1st Purpose-Built Virtual Firewall

Download

5

0

Free trial with registration

6

HyTrust Appliance Community Edition

HyTrust Appliance provides a single point of control for hypervisor configuration, compliance, and access management.

Download

5

0

Free

7

CensorNet Web Security Virtual Appliance

Total Web Security software for any organisation

Download

5

0

Free Trail, USD 5 per

8

Kinamik Secure Audit Vault v1.1

Provides data integrity protection by centralizing and preserving sensitive data,making it tamper-evident at the highest detail.

Download

5

0

Free Trial, EUR 10,000

9

AEP Netilla SSL VPN

AEP Netilla SSL VPN is a secure application access gateway that enables secure, web browser access to a range of business apps.

Download

5

0

Free trial, USD 1

10

Trend Micro InterScan Messaging Security Virtual Appliance

Comprehensive email security gateway reduces TCO with immediate protection from spam, phishing, malware and data leaks

Download

5

0

Free Trial, USD 19.67 per user

11

Trend Micro InterScan Web Security Virtual Appliance

InterScan Web Security Virtual Appliance applies real-time web reputation, flexible content scanning and powerful URL filtering.

Download

5

0

Free Trial, USD 13.45 per user

12

LinHost Backtrack 3

BackTrack is a penetration testing oriented live CD and is the result of the merger of WHAX and Auditor.

Download

4.5

0

Free

13

Symantec Brightmail™ Gateway Virtual Edition (formerly Mail Security 8300)

Inbound and outbound messaging security, antispam and antivirus protection, advanced content filtering, and data loss prevention

Download

4.5

0

Free Trail, USD 15 per user

14

JanusVM

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

Download

4.5

0

Free

15

SpamTitan

*SpamTitan allows you create a Email Security Appliance for your Gateway

Download

4.5

0

Free hosted trial, USD 395 per subscription

16

gateProtect Virtual Appliance

gateProtect solutions combine state of the art security and network features such as firewalls, bridging, VLAN, single sign-on, traffic shaping, QoS, IPSec/SSL (X.509), IDS/IPS, web filters, virus filters, real-time spam detection and HTTPS proxy in one system

Download

4.5

0

Free

17

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

Download

4.5

13

Free hosted trial

18

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.

Download

4.0

0

Free

19

LogLogic Security Change Manager- Great for Firewall Coversions!

Streamline the design and deployment of network security rules for firewalls, routers, switches, VPN, and IPS’s.

Download

4.0

0

Free

20

Check Point VPN-1 VE (Virtual Edition)

Proven Security for Virtual Environments

Download

4.0

0

Free Trial

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

Written by paule1s

September 25, 2009 at 1:18 pm

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