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rPath announced  the ability to create virtual appliances that run on the Xen 3.0.3 hypervisor using rPath's rBuilder. The rBuilder platform allows software developers to combine software applications with Linux and related open source components to create virtual appliances that can be instantly provisioned and run on the Xen hypervisor and XenSource’s XenEnterprise virtualization platform. Many IT managers complain of an inability to quickly move new applications from development, through testing and into production. Packaging key applications as virtual appliances makes them easy to distribute and deploy on the Xen hypervisor. Using rPath Linux with rBuilder, developers can now generate virtual appliances that are certified to run on the Xen hypervisor without any additional engineering effort. “Xen 3.0.3 is the acknowledged open source industry standar... (more)

Openbravo Verges on Commercialization

Openbravo, the company with the open source SME ERP solution, has tied up with rPath to create a software appliance using rPath's rBuilder, Openbravo's first commercial product. An appliance should simplify deploying and maintaining the software in both physical and virtual environments - not to mention making life a bit easier for the Openbrave folks - they'll have a product they can warranty. The company says routine maintenance such as scheduling backups or updating the software will be possible with a browser interface. And Openbravo will be able to tweak the operating systems to the application and maximize performance. Users won't have to manually update the software. The move is a step toward the anticipated Openbravo Network, a support contract for its applications due to launched next month, same time as the appliance. Up until now Openbravo has been living... (more)

Cloud Computing: rBuilder Delivers Scientific Applications as Virtual Appliances

rPath announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have been using rBuilder to deliver virtual appliances to both scientists’ desktops and computational clouds. The use of rBuilder in these environments reduces the effort required to support users and allows researchers to take advantage of underutilized computational resources. rBuilder is a product that simplifies and automates the creation of virtual appliances. A virtual appliance is an application with a streamlined operating system, offered in a format that runs in virtualized environments. CERN turned to virtual appliances to facilitate the analysis of data created by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments. The complete software environment needed by the LHC applications is assembled by rBuilder and distributed to run as a virtual m... (more)

rPath CEO to Present at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, November 19-21, San Jose, CA

Today, offerings such as Amazon Web Services' Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) are providing a new model for on demand compute resources based on virtual machines. Virtual appliances are a natural deployment vehicle for this type of infrastructure, allowing a clean separation between the memory, compute, and storage resources managed by the appliance provider and the complete software stack managed by the end user. Virtual appliances also allow a simple transition from internal virtualization clusters to outsourced providers, enabling capacity spikes to be handled. This session will showcase the tremendous flexibility, scalability, and financial savings that result from leveraging virtual appliances and cloud computing. Billy Marshall, CEO and founder of rPath will present a real life case study on KnowledgeTree, a document management provider, to examine the implementa... (more)

rPath Founder & CSO Speaking Next Week at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo November 19-21 in Silicon Valley

Billy Marshall's Open Source Blog The problem with the notion of “Windows for EC2” is that it perpetuates the broken, legacy model of tying your application to the infrastructure upon which it runs. In the legacy model, applications became artificially tied to the physical server upon which they ran, and server utilization was low because it is very difficult to run multiple applications on a single instance of a general purpose operating system. The reason it is difficult to run multiple applications on a single instance of a general purpose operating system is because each application has unique needs which conflict or compete with the unique needs of other applications. Virtualization technology, such as that provided by VMware or Citrix with XenServer, breaks the bond of the application to a physical server by placing a layer of software, called a hypervisor, on t... (more)

rPath Puts Adoption Model in the Cloud

rPath today announced that its Cloud Computing Adoption Model white paper, “The Pragmatist's Guide to Cloud Computing” is available online at http://www.rpath.com/corp/pragmatist-guide. rPath also announced that it will be presenting “The Cloud Computing Adoption Model: A Graduated Stepwise Approach to Virtualization and Cloud” at 10:00 a.m. EST (7:00 a.m. PST) during the Virtualization Summit to be held online Tuesday, November 4, 2008. To register for the rPath presentation, please visit http://www.brighttalk.com/webcasts/1421/attend. “Virtualization and cloud computing have a transformative impact on the cost and efficiency of software delivery and consumption, which makes investments in these areas of even greater importance during a down economy,” said Jake Sorofman, VP of marketing for rPath. “But despite its importance, the path to cloud remains elusive for ... (more)

rPath Broadens Its Pitch

Besides SUSE and its own brand of Linux, rPath is now supporting the Ubuntu and CentOS Linux operating systems as part of its rBuilder and rPath Lifecycle Management Platform. The move broadens the start-up's options for deploying and managing applications in traditional, virtualized and cloud environments. rBuilder is a build-and-release management system for creating virtual appliances and application images. The Lifecycle Management Platform extends rBuilder with a system that's supposed to control the cost, complexity and risk of deploying, managing and maintaining application images in virtualized and cloud-based environments. rPath's approach assembles and binds application functionality with an operating system, creating a self-contained application image that should be easy to deploy, manage and maintain. The company describes this approach as freeing applica... (more)

rPath Puts Cloud Computing in Plain English on YouTube

rPath today announced “Cloud Computing in Plain English,” an animated short video which takes a lighthearted look at cloud computing while bringing... Read more at VMblog.com. ... (more)

Lumen Software Turns to rPath to Build and Deliver Open Source SaaS Services

rPath® today announced that Lumen Software, a leading provider of commercial open source software as a service (SaaS) and portal solutions, has selected rPath rBuilder® to build and deliver its enterprise-class commercial applications as virtual appliances. Lumenation, the company’s flagship product, is a dynamic and collaborative platform built on top of Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL and PHP, and is available to millions of organizations and developers to create advanced Web-based desktop applications. “We’ve found that only rPath offers a turn-key product that enables us to achieve what we want when we want,” said Tad Gordon, CEO of Lumen Software. “Best of all, implementation took less than one month, and our support time has been reduced from 50 percent of one full time employee to only three hours a month. With rPath, we just plug it in... (more)

Citrix Drives Adoption of Virtual Appliance Portability Standard for Enterprises and Clouds

Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS), the global leader in application delivery infrastructure, today released a technology preview of Project Kensho, its toolkit for the development and deployment of portable virtual machine appliances in enterprises and clouds. First announced in July, Project Kensho provides a powerful, multi-hypervisor toolkit that leverages the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) Open Virtualization Format (OVF) to allow independent software vendors (ISVs) and enterprise IT managers to easily create hypervisor-independent, portable enterprise application workloads. As a result, virtualized application workloads can be packaged as a secure, portable, pre-configured open standard virtual appliance and be imported and run on Citrix XenServer™, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V™ and VMware™ ESX virtual environments. Project Kensho is being ... (more)

rPath Founder & CEO to Present at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo

Today, offerings such as Amazon Web Services' Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) are providing a new model for on demand compute resources based on virtual machines. Virtual appliances are a natural deployment vehicle for this type of infrastructure, allowing a clean separation between the memory, compute, and storage resources managed by the appliance provider and the complete software stack managed by the end user. Virtual appliances also allow a simple transition from internal virtualization clusters to outsourced providers, enabling capacity spikes to be handled. This session will showcase the tremendous flexibility, scalability, and financial savings that result from leveraging virtual appliances and cloud computing. Billy Marshall, CEO and founder of rPath will present a real life case study on KnowledgeTree, a document management provider, to examine the implementa... (more)