Top 3 Virtualization SaaS Providers

Virtualization SaaS is becoming a popular new way to handle the diverse and complex needs of virtualization. Contrary to popular belief, virtualization is in fact not entirely about emulation for virtual machines or interpreter platforms, but is in fact a series of software-level serial mechanics that perform a wide variety of tasks in a very logical and machine-like way.

This means that any mass-application system is in fact a form of virtualization, and that all virtualization systems are in fact very complex, high scope concepts. Until very recently, SaaS wasn’t considered viable for virtualization, but in recent times, with web technology becoming so much beefier and bandwidth becoming so much more widely accessible, virtualization SaaS is not only viable, but it’s downright good.

So, not wanting you to miss out on SaaS alternatives to bulky, clunky traditional virtualization systems, here’s list of powerful SaaS solutions for this niche. These serve different purposes, and so their order is more or less meaningless. It also far from makes them the only, or absolute best of their fields, as there is so much, with such variety in application and purpose, that a list like that couldn’t exist.

#1 – SpiderOak

SpiderOak is a secure virtualization and sharing/storage system for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and mobile platforms. This system is a virtual network, or VDP solution based around cloud mentality.

If you want a safe, virtual environment to exchange data, store information and even host cooperative work over the cloud, SpiderOak is very, very solid.

Despite their odd name, SpiderOak is actually a source of some prestige in SaaS, with past virtualization and serialization solutions by this company being among the first proofs of viability of SaaS as a delivery platform for the niche, in fact.

They’re affordable and highly compatible, so I’d recommend them over even Microsoft or Apple’s kind of failed attempts to provide virtualization SaaS.

#2 – PostScan Mail

PostScan Mail is a virtualization solution for mass virtual mail infrastructure management in the same mentality as SpiderOak does for data storage/retrieval. Acting as a giant virtual center consisting of all machines receiving and sending, this system is more than a mass mailer or mail logistics program, utilizing the virtual machine power of the cloud for security, platform independence and raw processing power.

If you handle a lot of email, virtual mail or other transmitted infobursts, this is a program you probably shouldn’t be without.

#3 – Web VNC

VNC, or virtual remote desktop as some call it, is the act of controlling a remote machine by actually seeing a live, interactive feed of its desktop as your own. This system is not a new idea, with proprietary traditional protocols such as TeamViewer, Windows Remote and CuteVNC being popular oldschool models.

But, these are bound by computing power and platform-dependence, which Web VNC eliminates entirely. Fully browser-based, Web VNC allows access to any machine from any other, independent on whether it’s mobile, Mac, Windows or Linux.

This was believed to be something that would never be possible in the existing atmosphere of computing, but look what SaaS has brought us. Five years ago, had anyone proposed this, they would have been scoffed at. But, not only does Web VNC prove this is possible, it proves it can be done in spades.

These are just a few of the virtualization SaaS solutions out there, and in fact are only a few of the types of virtualization there are. We’ll probably talk about many more of these in the future, so keep coming back to see what we find!

Omri Erel
Omri is the Head of Demand Generation, as well as the Lead Author & Editor of the SaaSAddict Blog. Omri established the SaaSAddict blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to SaaS and cloud migration.
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