Srinivas Krishnamurti gives us the Virtual Appliances – 2007 Year in Review. Here are his highlights, but click through and check out his perspective on the beginnings and the future challenges and directions in the virtual appliance space.
Virtual appliances outside the security space became a
reality with many tier 1 ISVs building virtual appliances. BEA launched
their LiquidVM initiative. Business Objects, IBM, McAfee and others
have all joined in with virtual appliance editions of their software
were starting to buy production-ready virtual appliances. I’ve met numerous customers who bought
virtual appliances and swear by the simplicity and ease of management they
offer. Our marketing team will be
posting quite a few success stories shortly.
Several leading analysts initiated coverage on virtual appliances. Gartner, IDC, Forrester, Yankee Group
and others are actively tracking virtual appliances.
Enough OS, pronounced “juice”) started to get traction within the OS
community. Ubuntu JeOS is already
available – kudos to the Canonical team for being the first OS vendor to take
on Virtual Appliances. RedHat
announced their intention to offer their version. Even though Microsoft hasn’t really
participated in the virtual appliance space, their latest OS offers users the
ability as part of Server Cores to install only those components that are
required for each server installation and if they can get their licensing and
pricing right, they could be a huge player in this space as well. I’m sure Novell and other OS vendors will
eventually get on the bandwagon as well.
Leading vendors including Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, VMware and XenSource
collaborated on Open
Virtual Machine Format (OVF), which was submitted to DMTF as a
standard for packaging and distributing virtual appliances.
around virtual appliances started growing with many startups either getting
in or getting traction. rPath,
virtualappliances.net, JumpBox, cohesiveFT stick out in this category.
vendors mimicked VMware’s Virtual Appliance Marketplace with their
own. Parallels introduced their VA
Directory. RedHat rolled out RHX.
joined the party with the VHD
Test Drive program (launched in November
2006) to allow ISVs to redistribute Windows in a virtual machine for
Srinivas conceptualized and evangelized this concept from the beginning, and shepherded the VAM through its wild growth. I helped build the original site and it’s been fun watching both the traffic grow as well as the concept spread through the industry. Throughout last year and this, I’ve seen many blog posts where people are just getting the concept — maybe obvious to some, but to others (like me) it was a full-fledged lightbulb going off over my head. And now when you do a search you see ISVs and open source projects touting their latest virtual appliance releases. All this from a small seed in 2005 — pretty compelling!