VMware's new VMware Labs site enables a company's engineers to strut their stuff and highlight their latest development projects but also give virtualization enthusiasts a central place to download and rate them.
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In creating the site, VMware took cues from Google Labs, a place where many of Google's now mainstream applications first saw the light of day.
VMware calls the projects "flings" because "the applications offered here are intended to be played with and explored" and are "totally free."
At press time, VMware Labs housed 10 flings that range from the utilitarian esxplot, a GUI tool visualizing esxtop performance data, to the ambitious Apache Pivot, a Java platform for building rich Web applications.
At least in terms of concept, most of the flings will be familiar to VMware watchers. For instance, VMware first released a technology preview of one of its featured flings: the vCenter Mobile Access (VCMA), fully one year ago.
But the site features some relatively new efforts such as the VMware Guest Console, uploaded last week. This graphical user interface tool provides users with a means of interacting with and managing the operating system installed in a virtual machine (VM). With VGC, for example, administrators can list running processes, perform basic file system operations against the file system, manage snapshots, display guest statistics, and perform actions such as installing agents.
"This is a great idea," commented Anders Gregersen, a Danish network administrator and member of VMware Communities. "This is one tool that [is] going to help a lot of people in their daily work."Zenoss monitors open source Xen
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