Virtual machines (VM) includes virtual desktop infrastructure, application runtime, and backup software systems. Virtualized servers, applications, and other machines are leveraged by users for scalable and versatile functionality. IT personnel use virtual machines to try out new programs or operating systems, create virtual disk images, and create database servers in the cloud. A number of free or open-source virtualization technologies are available today, enabling companies to save money. Virtual machines come in two forms: process virtual machines and system virtual machines.
- Azure: Azure enables organizations to leverage cloud resources in order to create virtual machines and install & run applications on them. It handles applications with high computations seamlessly. Users can build and manage numerous virtual machines for both Windows and Linux.
- VirtualBox: VirtualBox allows individuals as well as enterprises to run multiple operating systems atop one machine without loss of speed or performance. This feature-rich software provides VM groups creation, hardware support, and 3D support.
- Ahsay Cloud Backup Suite: On average, the Ahsay Cloud Backup Suite is 30% faster than its closest competitors. This cutting-edge virtual machine software allows for the easy creation of cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-local backups.
- Altaro VM Backup: Altaro VM Backup provides a smooth virtual backup service that comes with automated backups, enabling users to easily access past emails and other sensitive and important data. Its cloud management functionality enables easy retrieval of data.
- QEMU: QEMU VM solution is an open-source, cross-platform software that enables businesses to run both basic processes and full-fledged operating systems as applications on another operating system. It comes with two emulations, full and user-mode, and enables the swift operation of business-critical applications.
- Triton: Triton gives IT personnel the ability to operate applications having OS dependencies on otherwise non-compatible systems. Virtual operating systems and OS-dependent applications run on Triton with near-native levels of performance.
- ceBox: ceBox allows users to build and manage virtual PCs with ease. This solution can be connected to a private cloud storage service directly. Users can remotely control virtual PCs, notify users, and monitor system resources through web browsers.
- Workspace ONE: Workspace ONE simplifies application access and management. It delivers secure access to mobile, cloud, web, and Windows applications on any tablet, laptop, or smartphone through a user-friendly single sign-on (SSO) experience. Users rely on Workspace ONE to transform traditional VDI with flexibility, simplicity, scale, speed, and at a lower cost.
- Iperius Backup: Iperius Backup is a comprehensive, easy-to-use, and affordable backup software for vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi Free) and Hyper-V / ESXi. This solution is used for hot backups of VMware virtual machines, replicating them across the network, to Tape or NAS devices, in a completely automatic way.
- Neverfail Workspaces: Neverfail Workspaces provides cloud-based application management and delivery. It is used to deploy, manage, and automate service delivery with virtual desktops & applications in the cloud. This solution provides access to applications from any device and provides enhanced security with industry-standard data encryption.
Other leading Virtual Machine Software include Cherry Servers, Cloud Servers, CloudShare, Desktop as a Service, Uranium Backup, V2 Cloud Desktops, Veeam Backup & Replication, Virtual Machine Manager, VM Explorer, and VMLite Workstation.
How to Build a Virtual Machine for Business
A number of free and paid virtual machine solutions feature easy setup and installation. Most programs walk users through the setup process. IT personnel’s need to pay special attention to the specifications of the emulated hardware, including simulated memory, storage, and CPU capacity. Host computers need sufficient storage to support the virtual machine, as well as a memory and CPU robust enough to simulate its stats.
Once a virtual machine is built, the desired OS can be booted up from a storage device or image. While many virtual machine solutions are free, an upfront cost presents itself in the form of the license fees of the OS, unless a free version is available.
Advanced (usually paid) virtual machine solutions provide additional customization options and enable users to run multiple machines at the same time. Paid virtual machine software often features continuous updates and technical support.
VM solutions that offer cloud-based virtual machines free the simulated computer from the performance constraints of the host computer. Instead, the cloud-powered virtual machine runs using the capabilities of the cloud VM service’s servers. This simplifies setup but can be economically unviable for basic users.