I’ve worked with virtual machines on many platforms from VirtualBox to VMware to KVM to qemu. For the most part, they’re all pretty much the same—a nice GUI tool built around powerful command tools, designed to create and manage virtual machines on a host operating system. Of the available options, VirtualBox has been my go-to tool for VMs for some time. Currently I have over 50 virtual machines at the ready. Fortunately, I don’t run more than two or three at a time, as that would take a serious cut of my workstation resource pie. The other downfall of my solution is that those virtual machines are taking up precious resources—that I don’t always have to spare.
But what if there was an alternative that could make managing your virtual machines incredibly easy? A solution that is not only self-contained, but cost-effective?
That’s the Antsle. A private cloud server, designed for developers, that can serve businesses of all sizes. With this piece of hardware, you can roll out servers, containers, you name it—all from a user-friendly web-based GUI. Starting at $799 and going to $4,499 (for base models), you can purchase and have an Antsle built to meet your specific needs.
But what I’ve found most impressive about the Antsle is how easy it is to spin up an “antlet” (think virtual machine). In seconds, you can deploy a VM based on any one of the built-in templates (Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, CentOS, FreeBSD, Kali Linux, or Windows Server). If the list of templates doesn’t suit your needs, you can upload a virtual appliance or use an ISO to create a new template, which can then be used to deploy “antlets.”
I’ve been working with an Antsle for a week now. It took me roughly an hour to get up to speed on rolling out antlets, and a day or so to realize that this solution would usurp VirtualBox as my go-to VM solution. Considering I’ve been using VirtualBox for a decade, that’s should serve as a testimony for the ease of use and power to be found in Antsle.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht