Virtualization gained many fans in 2011. More system administrators than ever before are seeing the benefit of creating virtual machines for a variety of purposes, from sectioning off business operations to hosting virtual private servers for customers. The more virtual machines you have, the more difficult it can be to manage all of them. Fortunately, a free and open source tool called Archipel can help make the task easier.
The Archipel Project offers virtual machine management for the smallest projects (such as a single computer), the largest projects (multiple data centers), and everything in between. It works with libvirt-supported virtualization techniques, including Xen, KVM, OpenVZ, and VMware.
The web-based application includes the following features:
- real-time management, making use of the XMPP protocol, allowing virtual machines to send and receive messages
- Modular design – this makes it easily expandable
- Built-in VNC client for remote virtual machine graphical management, right within the browser
- Global connectivity – Using XMPP, servers can communicate with each other no matter where they are.
- Open Source – Released under the AGPL, Archipel is free to download, install, use, modify, and give away.
Archipel is currently in beta, but you can still download it and give it a try by visiting the project’s website.