This is a little cool gem I discovered today: a free toolkit made available by veeam, starwind and 5nine software. This toolkit enables anyone to get started with virtualization, completely free. And even better, it's very well known and high-quality stuff, too.
The most affordable toolkit to meet your goals!
There is no better way to start virtualizing than with a FREE microsoft hyper-v environment, free backup, free virtual storage and free management software!
With this free toolkit, you can create your own test lab, run a small business or even scale your production environment up to 1,000 VMs. It's a FREE way to virtualize!
The toolkit consists of the following software:
- Microsoft Hyper-V server 2012 r2
Free Hypervisor with all the functionality of it's ‘big brother', windows server 2012 r2 Hyper-V
- Veeam Backup & Replication
Effective and easy-to-use tool for Hyper-V backup
- StarWind Virtual SAN
Reliable shared storage with unlimited storage capacity for a single-node device
- 5nine Manager
Simple and easy-to-use Graphical User Interface, local or remote, to manage Hyper-V virtual machines
Now obviously, since it's a free bundle, the contained software will be free editions with limited functionality. But for in a lab, or when you're just getting started with virtualization, it might be very cost-effective.
Finally, here's the evaluation guides for each of the products.
I think this is a good way to show the world what each of the products have in store, especially now with Hyper-V's ecosystem evolving and maturing and having vendors like Veeam, Starwind and 5nine integrate not only with the hypervisor, but with each other, too!
Thnx to JOEP PISCAER