Virtual Appliance Marketplace Stats

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This presentation compiles various statistics crunched through web crawlers on various marketplaces (VMware, EC2, VirtualBox, Parallels).

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  • It was observed that VMware maintains an old pool of appliances that sometimes link to the outer space. It even maintains two separate ways of representing the appliance characteristics.
    You can check http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/7 versus http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/786323
    The estimated number of “old” VMware appliances is around 800. Knowing VMware had 1400+ appliances at the time of writing, the number of “recent” appliances drops down to ~600, which happens to match EC2’s share. To put things in perspective, “old” appliances are dated prior to 2006.
  • Windows is underrepresented in the appliance marketplaces. With a total of 53 Windows appliances found on EC2, the platform holds almost all of the 72 Windows appliances listed across all studied marketplaces. Redistribution and licensing must play an important part in those numbers.
    The Windows appliances found on Parallels and VMWare are sometimes beta or release candidiate version of the Windows OS.
  • On the Linux side, there are up to 14 different Linux distributions that appliances are running on: these are: Solaris, SlackWare, Mandriva, OpenBSD, Gentoo, RedHat, FreeBSD, Fedora, rPath, CentOS, Debian, SUSE and Ubuntu.
    Descriptions on the marketplaces crawled not being too accurate, it was sometimes impossible to label a VA more accurately than “Linux”. This was the case for EC2 appliances. Therefore the share of Ubuntu may be bigger than it seems.
    Ubuntu represents about 30% of all appliances on VMWare, 40% on VirtualBox, and 55% on Parallels. Should 30% of EC2 appliances be on Linux, the overall Ubuntu usage across marketplaces would jump by 6-7 points.
  • "Others" are unidentified OSs due to poor documentation
  • VirtualBox hosts 306 appliances.
  • There are no distinctions between Unix distributions on EC2
  • Parallels hosts 89 appliances
  • Categories are described on this page: http://www.vmware.com/appliances/categories.html
  • Over 677 appliances.
  • Over 1412 appliances.
  • Virtual Appliance Marketplace Stats

    1. 1. Virtual Appliance m arketplace stats Crunching num bers across m arketplaces G.WINDELS gwindels+slide@gmail.com
    2. 2. Marketplace variety  “Marketplaces” are booming  EachVA-related vendor is at a different point of development  The idea is to compile data across leadingVA marketplaces  VMware (www.vmware.com/appliances)  VirtualBox (http://virtualboximages.com/vdi/index?page=0)  Amazon EC2 (developer.amazonwebservices.com/connect/kbcategory.jspa? categoryID=171  Parallels (www.parallels.com/ptn/download/va/? sort=update&lsort=&categ=  This represents about 2500 appliances
    3. 3. Protocol  Raw data was captured via web crawlers on marketplaces respective websites  Metrics include operating system, submitter, appliance category  Data was cleansed at the appliance level to reflect exact appliance distribution
    4. 4. Number of appliances
    5. 5. APPLIANCE OS’s –Windows vs. Linux
    6. 6. APPLIANCE OS’s – Ubuntu vs. rest of the world (W/Windows)
    7. 7. APPLIANCE OS’s –VMWARE
    8. 8. APPLIANCE OS’s –Virtualbox
    9. 9. APPLIANCE OS’s – EC2
    10. 10. APPLIANCE OS’s – EC2
    11. 11. APPLIANCE CATEGORIES -VMWARE
    12. 12. APPLIANCE CATEGORIES - parallels
    13. 13. Top10 Submitters – EC2 1. Bitnami.org (108) 2. Jumbbox.com (54) 3. Turnkeylinux.com (37) 4. Elasticserver.com (19) 5. Independant (Eric Hammond) (18) 6. IBM AWS (12) 7. RightImage (11) 8. Amazon (11) 9. Oracle (10) 10. Amazon AWS (9)
    14. 14. Top10 Submitters –VMware 1. Bitnami.org (157) 2. Bagside.com/bagvapp (86) 3. Independant (58) 4. Jumbbox.com (57) 5. Vmplanet.net (53) 6. Tuxdistro.com (41) 7. Turnkeylinux.com (41) 8. Thouthpolice.co.uk (39) 9. Vitual Appliance Administrator (37) 10. Chrysaor.info (26)

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