Virtualization is still one of the top buzz words in IT. It
is immediately associated with systems like VMware, Citrix, and even Microsoft
Remote Desktop Services. However, these aren’t the only systems existing under
the umbrella of virtualization. There are, of course, various systems for
managing virtual environments, systems for desktop virtualization, applications
for building virtualized apps, and even other virtualized host systems. In this
edition of Five Apps, we take a look at five systems in these various
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Cameyo is a simple app
that packages any application that requires installation into an application
that can be run with a single EXE. This is accomplished by capturing a system
image before and after the application is installed one time. Then, the package
can be tweaked using various options, including the ability to add and remove
files and registry entries, and distributed to users as a simple EXE. The
package runs in a controlled container, not altering the system it is run on. Cameyo
is free for up to 50 machines; larger environments can request a quote.
2. Foglight by Quest Software
is a highly-configurable system that can monitor and administer various
enterprise systems, including virtualization platforms like VMware and Citrix. Foglight’s
monitors are referred to as “cartridges”, each of which is
purchasable separately. Foglight’s administration capabilities are performed
via various applications created for single virtualization systems or tasks. Each
Foglight component is detailed and downloadable for evaluation at the Quest Software Virtualization page.
Pricing is available by contacting Dell’s Quest Software division sales.
3. PlateSpin Recon by NetIQ
is also a monitoring system but, instead of just allowing you to monitor
virtual systems, it actually focuses on assisting administrators in determining
which physical servers can be combined into new virtualized environments. PlateSpin
Recon tracks nearly every system measure and statistic, allows you to group
systems together, and then allows you to produce graphs and charts by system or
group to monitor those systems or evaluate them for future virtualization
projects. Pricing is available by contacting NetIQ sales.
4. Ulteo OVD
Ulteo OVD is an open
source, enterprise virtual desktop solution. It also allows users to run
published apps as if they are installed locally on their dedicated machine via
the Portal view. Ulteo OVD is an Ubuntu Linux-based system that is easily
installed and configured; it can be up and running in just fifteen minutes. Ulteo
comes with many built-in apps and others can be added via the administration
console. Ulteo is free for use, however support and training are offered on an
annual subscription basis; pricing is available by contacting Ulteo sales.
5. VirtualBox by Oracle
VirtualBox is a
virtual machine host environment that is able to be run on Windows, OS X,
Linux, and Solaris. Is has a very easy to use interface to get you up and
running with new virtual systems quickly and easily while still offering many
advanced configuration options. VirtualBox supports many guest operating systems
– as a matter of fact, I was able to install Ulteo as a guest OS in VirtualBox.
Depending on the guest OS, you can even turn on and use various integration
features like a shared clipboard and drag-and-drop. VirtualBox is a free
package, however developers are encouraged to write extensions for it, some of
which may have a price.
Virtualization has swept through the data center in recent
years, enabling IT transformation and serving as the secret sauce behind cloud
it’s time to examine what’s next for virtualization as the data center options
mature and virtualization spreads to desktops, networks, and beyond.
What utilities do you use to host or manage virtual
machines? Share them in the comments below.
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