by September 3, 2009 0 comments

A lot of times there is a need to test applications before you want to
actually deploy them. And testing an application often means provisioning a
server for it, deploying the required OS and later the application. Instead of
going through this lengthy process, you can use the Click2try service.

It has an application catalog, which contains a list of open source
applications that are available. Currently it has around 56 applications such as
WordPress, eGroupware, SugarCRM, Openbravo and OpenERP. Whenever a user selects
a particular application, click2try starts a virtual appliance of that
application on its servers.

Direct Hit!

Applies To: IT managers
Price: USD 40 or USD 70 for hosting an
USP: Try select open source applications
on the cloud before deploying them.
Primary Link:

cloud computing

There are three plans available: first is free evaluation, where you can try
an application for 4 hours or 7 days, whatever comes first. For continual access
you can subscribe to the paid packages: for USD 40, you can get 1GB of disk
space whereas for USD 60, the disk space available is 10GB with the ability to
run 2 concurrent applications and access rights for 2 users.

How to use
Using click2try is simple, just sign up on the URL. Next, browse through the
application catalog to select the application you wish to try. For trying out
the application, you need a browser and Java 1.6 update 5.7.11 or above. Once
you have selected an application, click on ‘Try This Application’ button. This
will launch the application in a new window.

It will take a little while for the application to start for the first time,
as a virtual machine of the application you have chosen, will be loaded on the
click2try platform. Once an application has been loaded, the right side of the
browser window will display the credentials required to start the application.

Postbook application running
inside Cent OS, being used through Click2try.
Here, you can manage VM image of
the application. You can also perform functions like compress, copy, etc.

You can manage an application from the application manager, where you can
copy, shutdown, or delete, compress VM image of your application.Here you can
also view alerts issued and disk space being used.

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