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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)

On the Path to Cloud Computing Nirvana

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)

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: The Software Appliance Company

One of the most touted benefits of Linux and open source programs is their flexibility. However, as the popularity of Linux has grown, some of the flexibility seems to have been sacrificed. As larger Linux vendors have become more standardized to support certified applications, the freedom to mold your Linux distribution to your needs has diminished a bit. Adding an unsupported kernel module or otherwise modifying your distro may void your support contract or introduce other problems that are not easily resolved. Even larger, well-established independent software vendors who wish to add Linux as a supported platform might be not be able to preserve their customers' Linux support contracts if they require specialization that exceeds the confines of the supported distribution, even if there are no technical limitations to doing so. Billy Marshall, co-founder of rPath,... (more)

rPath Professional Services Bring Trusted Advice to the Cloud

rPath today announced new Professional Services designed to provide trusted advice to organizations looking to take advantage of virtualization and cloud opportunities. The company also announced new Training Services featuring courses such as “Enabling Applications for Cloud Computing, Featuring Amazon EC2,” which will be held December 10-12, 2008, in Redwood City, Calif. “Despite their popularity, virtualization and cloud computing have few best practices and fewer experts,” said Nathan Thomas, vice president of services at rPath. “We have the benefit of creating the market for virtual appliances, and we remain a leader in application virtualization. As a result, we’ve also been entrenched in cloud since the early days, so we understand what it takes to be successful. And we are committed to sharing that understanding with the community at large.” Trusted Advice... (more)

rPath to OEM SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell for Appliances

rPath announced a technology partnership enabling application providers to use rPath’s rBuilder to create virtual appliances using the rPath Appliance Platform and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell. The agreement promises to reduce complexity and costs of application distribution and deployment, while maintaining the strategic value of investments in application certification. The Novell-rPath collaboration marks an industry milestone, enabling customers to utilize an open-source operating system with a virtual appliance lifecycle management platform. Under the agreement, Novell will provide SUSE Linux Enterprise, including source code and maintenance patches, to rPath, who will then include SUSE Linux Enterprise in the rPath Appliance Platform. All of the software certifications associated with SUSE Linux Enterprise will continue to apply to customers... (more)

rPath to Advise Practical Cloud Adoption at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

rPath has hit the road to promote the graduated adoption of cloud computing technologies. This week, Marshall will speak at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo 2008 West, which takes place November 19-21, 2008, at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. "For many organizations, now is the perfect time to make a concerted, yet measured push to virtualization and cloud computing," said Jake Sorofman, vice president of marketing for rPath. "Any organization subject to today's economic realities will appreciate the cost advantages and flexibility of cloud. At the same time, it's critical to recognize that virtualization and cloud introduce new levels of complexity that must be addressed through a graduated approach to adoption and an architectural approach to managing the application lifecycle in this new virtualized environment." For SYS-CON's Cloud Comput... (more)

rPath's CTO to Speak on Building Virtual Appliances at Virtualization Conference & Expo

Virtual appliances represent a new opportunity to streamline and simplify software distribution for virtual environments. With a virtual appliance, software vendors can ship thoroughly tested, standard configurations that require minimal installation effort. In this session, Erik will discuss best practices on how to build virtual appliances including: Building an integrated collaboration suite appliance Creating a virtual appliance image with a simple click of a button Reducing build size by creating a tailored operating system that reduces the amount of space to install, install time and the security exposure created when providing ongoing updates to the software. Click here to register for SOAWorld Click here to speak at SOAWorld Click here to sponsor SOAWorld Speaker Bio: Erik Troan, co-founder and CTO of rPath, is one of the original authors of RPM Package Manager... (more)

Ingres Nominated for SYS-CON's "Virtualization Journal Readers' Choice Awards"

The Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance is a self contained software stack of o/s, database, and business intelligence tools.  The solution is provided in a single stream install enabling a rapid and easy deployment of a complete BI environment within a VM.  The software appliance comes with an online web service update mechanism to manage patches and upgrades in a seamless fashion.  Users apply updates to the entire multi-component stack with a single click.  Users are able to stay current and online with their BI investment at a significantly lower cost.  The solution is built from open source technologies from Ingres, JasperSoft, & rPath. SYS-CON’s Virtualization Journal’s “Readers’ Choice Awards” SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal announced today its first annual Virtualization Readers' Choice Awards. SYS-CON's Readers' Choice Awards, also... (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)