Hive Fabric CE
VM Software Free Trial Edition

Create Your Own Virtual Machine Lab in Less Than 1 Hour

  • Hive Fabric CE Overview
  • Cluster Administration
  • Cluster Resource Scheduling
  • Desktop Broker Connection
  • Local Disk and in RAM Storage
  • Hyperconverged Storage
  • External storage
  • Desktop Pools
  • Application Pool
  • Virtual Machine Administration
  • GPU Acceleration
  • Performance Manager

Hive Fabric CE Overview

What is Hive Fabric CE?

CE is Hive Fabric's free trial community edition. It is an intelligent virtualization software that gives you the ability to create 5 virtual machines on one single host. It is a hardware-agnostic bare metal install that works on any x86 server. Fabric CE is perfect for people who are looking to build a small virtual machine lab to test-drive Hive Fabric. CE's cluster functIonalities can be unlocked by requesting a license upgrade. 

CE is an intelligent virtualization software that gives youthe ability to create 5 virtual machines on one single host

Cluster Administration

Cluster Administration

Hive Fabric supports clustering multiple hosts together allowing for cross-server administration, resource load balancing and simple administration of a large number of hosts. The cluster is overseen by the Central Management Appliance. This role is assigned to the first server that forms the cluster but can be moved around the cluster. To deploy multiple hosts, you will need to upgrade your license.


Hive Fabric supports clustering multiple hosts together allowing for cross-server administration, resource load balancing and simple administration of a large number of hosts

Cluster Resource Scheduling

Cluster Resource Scheduling

Cluster Resource Scheduling ensures even distribution of Virtual Machines and optimal use of cluster resources. CRS prevents a host from overloading. This service uses algorithms to measure the current system load over a period of time and nominate guests as migration candidates. Upgrade to Hive Fabric to unlock the CRS feature.


Cluster Resource Scheduling, or CRS ensures even distribution of VMs and optimal use of cluster resources. CRS prevents a host from overloading

Desktop Broker Connection

Desktop Broker Connection

The Desktop Broker allows admins to enable secure remote access for their end-users using Two-factor authentication, Smart Card authentication, or RDP. The web interface is customizable.




The Desktop Broker allows admins to enable secure remote access for their end-users using Two-factor Authentication, Smart Card authentication, or RDP

Local Disk and in RAM Storage

Local Disk and in RAM Storage

You can deploy virtual machines to local RAM or Disk storage pools for your stateless or persistent virtual desktops.





Assign local RAM and disk to a virtual machine or a cluster for your stateless or persistent virtual desktops

Hyperconverged Storage

Hyperconverged Storage

Hyperconverged storage is easy to enable for clusters containing two or more hosts. You can create shared storage among hosts in the clusters. It is self-contained, secure, and highly available within the cluster, making it ideal for a variety of workloads.



Hyperconverged storage is easy to enable for clusters containing two or more hosts.

External storage

External Storage

Hive Fabric provides the ability to use a network target as an available Storage Pool within the host or cluster. Systems supported include NFS, CIFS, and Ceph (RBD).





Hive Fabric provides the ability to use a network target as an available Storage Pool within the host or cluster. Systems supported include NFS, CIFS, and Ceph (RBD)

Desktop Pools

Desktop Pools

Desktop Pools create a set of identical virtual desktops, all using the same settings. They inherit the attributes of a guest profile and template.





Desktop Pools create a set of identical virtual desktops, all using the same settings. They inherit the attributes of a guest profile and template

Application Pool

Application Pool

An Application Pool allows a pool of VMs to dynamically scale based on CPU utilization across the pool. These pools auto-provision or remove VMs based on the threshold set for CPU consumption. Cluster Resource Scheduling ensures load balancing across the Fabric cluster.



An Application Pool allows a pool of VMs to dynamically scale based on CPU utilization across the pool.

Virtual Machine Administration

Virtual Machine Administration

Virtual machines can be created outside of Desktop and Application Pools, commonly referred to as standalone Virtual Mahcines as they exist outside of the scope of a managed pool. Hive Fabric supports a variety of Operating Systems.




Virtual Machine Administration

GPU Acceleration

GPU Acceleration

You can use GPU as a passthrough device and dedicate an entire physical Graphic processing unit to a developer workstation or slice the memory of a GPU card into smaller chunks and add them to an individual machine or a pool.




GPU Acceleration

Performance Manager

Performance Manager

See real-time performance of a host or a guest machine including CPU, local storage, and memory usage, as well as Network or Storage IO. Go back 30 days to find the root cause of an issue or an alert. All information is provided in real-time via Hive Fabric's Message Bus.



See real-time performance of a host or a guest machine including CPU, local storage, and memory usage, as well as Network or Storage IO. Go back 30 days to find the root cause of an issue or an alert.

Virtual Desktops, Virtual Servers, and Software Defined Storage in One Install

1

Request Download

To get started with your free trial you will need to fill out the Download Request form. Upon submission, you will be able to download the ISO file directly on our website or from our welcome email. The installation of Fabric is a very simple process that can be accomplished with a USB, ISO, or PXE boot.
2

Install Software

It takes only 8 minutes to install Fabric CE  using the ISO boot process.  Once the boot wizard is launched, you will be able to configure the host or VM, boot system to the Install menu, and select the disk(s) intended for installation. The complete steps are outlined in our quick installation guide.
3

Activate License

Once you have installed Fabric CE you will need to register your ClusterID so we can generate and activate your license key. CE comes with a one year license but is limited in functionalities. Should you wish to upgrade to the full version of Hive Fabric, you will need to request a new license key to unlock the full functionality.
4

Configure

It usually takes 30 minutes to configure Fabric CE. You can read our configuration guides to learn how you can leverage in-memory primary storage, consume local and external NFS storage, There is no limitation on the amount of external storage, RAM or local storage that can be deployed.

Hardware Agnostic VM Software

Hive is an intelligent solution that works on any X86 server

Bare Metal Still Too Much Metal?

NUC Your Virtual Infrastructure or Get Access to our Own Demo Lab


Request Access to our Own Demo Lab

No time to install Fabric CE? No worries, we’ll set you up with a read-only access to our own demo lab. Within minutes, you’ll be able to test-drive Hive’s intuitive UI and see how it makes deploying or maintaining desktop, storage, and application pools easy. And, best of all, it happens in real-time.

Request UI Access


Build Your Home Virtual Machine Lab on a NUC

No space for a server rack in your basement? No worries, you don’t necessarily need a powerful server. You can go small and deploy CE on a NUC. The only requirements you will have to meet are 32GB of RAM, an Intel Quad Core CPU, and 512GB of storage.

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