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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

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

Top 3 formats for compressing Virtual Appliances

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Total VM’s on VMWare Virtual Appliance Marketplace : 2560
Number of distinct download sites providing these appliances : 674

The following table lists the compression formats used for 408 appliances we have examined:

compression-formats

Amongst the compression formats, zip is the most popular one (42%), with 7z the next in sequence (23%) for Windows; gz is the most popular one for Linux (18%)

We intend to publish more statistics over the next few days. Watch this space.

Written by paule1s

February 5, 2009 at 11:05 pm

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.

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