Appliances: any installation over a minute is too long

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From SearchOpenSource.com: Virtual appliances emerge as OS distribution mechanism. For IT managers, the main benefit of an appliance is faster set-up times, said Javier Soltero, co-founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Hyperic Inc., which is considering distributing its open source Hyperic HQ systems management suite as an appliance. "We mentioned to a potential customer that Read more...

Use virtual appliances? Win an iPod

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The virtual appliance concept keeps spreading, with over 300 entries in the Virtual Appliance Marketplace. If you have downloaded and used a virtual appliance, we invite you to fill out this survey by December 31 and you will be put into a drawing for one of three iPods. This short survey  helps us know how Read more...

Role of the OS on the desktop?

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[Update: be sure to read the comments for more on the coming ‘application agnostic’ world.] Kimbro at Virtualization Daily and Scott Lowe are having an interesting conversation on the Role of the OS from the desktop perspective. I’m knee-deep working with virtual appliances these days, which tend to be server-based at this point. There we Read more...

Hardware appliance dinosaurs

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Mitchell Ashley of Still Secure (disclosure: StillSecure Strata Guard virtual appliance available in Virtual Appliance Marketplace) lays out his view of the effects of commodization and Moore’s Law on the hardware part of hardware appliances. Why appliances are dinosaurs: Virtualization offers other capabilities interesting to networking and security – the ability to migrate and move Read more...