Who doesn’t like free stuff? You could say I’ve been known to not let the purse strings loose very often. When it comes to technology, why should I? There’s a lot of great software out there that enterprise vendors offer for free. Well…nothing is truly free right? Some of the vendors may require you to sign up, which means giving them your contact information.
I tried to put together a list of different technologies that I have used in the past, or seen others on social media recommend. Most of the software listed can be downloaded with submitting your contact information. I know there’s a debate at times about home labs moving to the cloud, but how would you be able to play around with all this free stuff if you don’t have the equipment?
I’ve been reading @vmiss33 book, “How to become and IT architect” and in the books she’s organized IT architecture into eight different categories. I tried to organize my list according to those categories. There is some overlap. My criteria was I wanted software that was easily downloadable and had a long trial period of 90 days or greater. I get busy and time slips away and I need longer trials, 30 days doesn’t cut it. Please take a look and let me know what you think.
|Server and Compute||Nutanix CE||Community Edition of Nutanx. Requires community login.|
|Nexenta CE||Community Edition of Nexenta. Requires login|
|Virtualization and Virtual Machines||VMUG Advantage||This one is an exception. It costs $200 but you get access to 13 different VMware products. To see listing, click here|
|Amazon AWS Free Tier||Gain exposure to AWS services like EC2, S3, others for 1 year free. Click here|
|Oracle VM Virtualbox||Type II hypervsior. You can download and use on host OS like Windows or Linux.|
|Network||Kemp LoadMaster Free||Free network load balancer that's limited to 20Mbps throughput.|
|GNS3 Network Emulator||Used to emulate network devices and to create topologies. Account is required.|
|WANem||WAN emulator to control WAN experience. Great for testing apps over WAN connection. Open Source = Free|
|Storage||EMC ScaleIO Free||Software defined storage that can be installed on a range of hpervisors. This software is free for unlimited time, without capacity restrictions. Registration is required.|
|HPE StoreVirtual VSA 1TB||Install on any server by any vendor. Turns server capacity into shared storage array, up to 1 TB. Good for 3 years. Registration required.|
|NetApp ONTAP Sim||NetApp ONTAP simulator. Only available for customers and partners.|
|Xpenology||Turns any old computer into a Synology DS3615 model. Great OS to create an iSCSI target. Images are based on the GNU Open Source license. Free and no limits.|
|Applications||Spiceworks||Freeware that's used for help desk, network inventory, monitoring and troubleshooting. Amazing what this product can do.|
|OpVizor Free||Great tool to get introduced to Slack and OpBot. Use to monitor and manage VMs in vSphere.|
|RVTools||Tool used to display information about your VMware environments. Supports a range of hosts and vCenters. Free to download.|
|uberAgent||Agent to gather information about user performance in physical world as well as VDI environments. Fully functional, but displays splash screen at logon.|
|ControlUp Login Simulator||Simulate how a user logs into a Citrix environment. Logins can be repeated. Free to use. Need contact information.|
|VMware OS Optimizer||VMware Fling to optimize operating system. Free to download.|
|Backup and Recovery||Veeam Free||Free for in a pinch instance to backup, restore VM. Used in VMware and Hyper-V envrionments.|
|Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery||Spiceworks||Freeware that's used for help desk, network inventory, monitoring and troubleshooting. Amazing what this product can do.|
|Turbonomic||Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool fro VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer. Free and unlimited. Need to register.|
|PRTG 100||Monitor network, devices, and applications for free. Limited up to 100 devices. No software restrictions.|
|Security||pfSense CE||Free, open source stateful packet filtering firewall and router.|
|Sophos XG Home Edition||Anti-virus and anti-malware that's free for home use license. You will need to register.|
|Avast Machine Learning||Solid anti-virus with machine learning behavior monitoring. Free to use.|
|Bitdefender||Cloud base AV. Free to use.|
If you have software that you enjoy and want to share, I will be more than happy to update my list.