Virtualization Technology: rPath X6 Manages Linux and Windows VMs, On-Premises and in the Cloud

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2011-05-25 Print this article Print
Flash UI

Flash UI

rPath X6 sports a Flash-based UI, which manages to pack a good deal of system administration detail into its series of tabs and collapsible menu lists.
rPath X6 expands on the company's software appliance assembly and deployment ambitions with powerful configuration management capabilities and a spruced-up user interface that's much improved compared with the Version 5.2 release that eWEEK Labs tested in 2009. Also much improved is the product's support for deploying software images to VMware, EC2 and other virtualization hosts. In our tests of rPath X6, we had no trouble assembling and deploying CentOS-based virtual appliances, but found the product's configuration management processes more difficult to master, and the product documentation for these tasks sparser than I'd have liked. For a look at rPath X6 in action, check out the gallery below, and be sure to read our full review here.
As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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