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JumpBox, a vendor offering application’s images running on many virtualization platforms, offers free one hour trials for their images running on Amazon’s EC2 cloud. All the products offered are open source and cover several basic areas: Content Management, CRM, Project Management, Collaboration, Network Monitoring, and Development Tools.

In order to use for production one of JumpBox’s images, one needs to have one of the virtualization platforms supported or an EC2 account. But anyone can test for free such an image on the cloud to get a taste of what it means. For example, a SugarCRM session looks like this:

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This is how a MySQL session looks like:

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Some of the JumpBox’s applications offered in the cloud are:

  • Content Management: Joomla, Movable Type, Drupal and Knowledge Tree.
  • CRM: SugarCRM and vTiger.
  • Project Management: Project Pier, Bugzilla, Mantis, and Trac.
  • Collaboration: Moodle, Openfire and Mediawiki.
  • Network Monitoring: Cacti, Nagios and Zenoss.
  • Software Development: MySQL, LAMP, and Ruby on Rails.

JumpBox supports a large variety of virtualization platforms, not just EC2: VMWare, Parallels, VirtualBox, Microsoft Hyper-V, Virtual Iron, Xen and Amazon EC2. Some of the application’s images are downloadable for free while others are offered on a yearly subscription basis. Running an image on EC2 requires an additional fee based on the amount of time spent in the cloud. Also, the user might have to pay for other virtualization platforms he is using.

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