Four Solaris Virtual Machines

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Link: Tucker’s Tech: Solaris 10 in a VM. There are now four Solaris VMs available from Sun, including S10U3 and Solaris Express (aka Nevada) build 55.  VMware tools are pre-installed (at least in the two I downloaded), but the VMs are still using IDE disks so they won’t work for ESX/VI users. The four virtual Read more...

Get Juiced (and win a pass to VMworld)

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The Virtual Appliance Marketplace is having a contest — just check out the appliances, register, and you will be entered into a drawing for a free pass to VMworld 2007 in San Francisco on September 11. In related virtual appliance news, Srinivas Krishnamurti talks about the "Just Enough OS" concept, JeOS, in The Console. By Read more...

Appliances on demand for the startup

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John Sequiera ponders the question: "Why on-demand appliances?" He gets virtualization, but the ‘resource pool’ approach of something like Amazon’s EC2 does require a shift in thinking and comfort level with IT as a utility. I think John’s a-ha here is more about the usefulness of virtual appliances, whether they’re in the cloud or in Read more...

The end of the monolithic firewall?

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Here’s a new thought on a known aspect of appliances. Appliances, being purpose-built for a single task, are usually simpler to configure and maintain than a generic compute server.  Virtual appliances (1) are easier to deploy but (2) in some cases may have a reduced performance profile because, well, they aren’t on dedicated network hardware.* Read more...

Who updates the appliances?

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Red Hat’s David Lutterkort is on the money in this posting. The concept of a virtual appliance is seductive, but when the rubber hits the road, somebody has to keep it updated. That’s why we’re seeing the production-ready virtual appliances come from established appliance vendors who have the business and technical processes in place to Read more...