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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 and WANdisco to Create Cloud-Ready Software

rPath and WANdisco have announced that WANdisco has selected the rPath rBuilder and rPath Lifecycle Management Platform to build and maintain its Subversion MultiSite solution as a manageable set of application images for delivery in virtualized and cloud-based environments. rPath seeks to reduce the cost and complexity of application delivery, and WANdisco is a provider of distributed software development solutions. As a result of this partnership, WANdisco's Subversion MultiSite solution will be available as a virtual appliance. ... (more)

SAS Gets rPath’s Key Assets

Reports that rPath, the source code automation start-up founded in 2005 by ex-Red Hat technical folk, was looking for a buyer proved true. Business analytics software shop SAS Institute has acquired its code and some of its staff expecting to expand its ability to automate and manage IT operations on multiple platforms and environments, including on-demand and in the private and public cloud. It said it would better automate the set-up and management of SAS solutions in any virtual environment and is thought to give SAS a more direct path to support public, private and hybrid clouds than building the widgetry itself. rPath employees have formed a new Platform Deployment Technologies Group within SAS R&D. GigaOm said rPath, which billed itself as "the enterprise PaaS company," was "ahead of the curve" and had experienced management turnover that left it on "thin ice... (more)

rPath Attracts $6.4M Venture Funding For Linux Appliance Startup

A start-up specializing in tools that help developers deploy software on Linux-based appliances and virtual machines has received $6.4 million funding. rPath was founded this month by two former Red Hat VPs. Although the principal focus is enterprise software appliances, the company's tools could also be useful to embedded developers. rPath CEO Billy Marshall formerly served as vice president of sales at Red Hat, while CTO Erik Troan was VP of engineering there. rPath plans to market an "rBuilder" tool aimed at helping software developers create "software appliances" -- the company's marketing term for binary images containing the software application and Linux filesystem components needed to support it. The filesystem components are drawn from "rPath Linux," the company's own Linux distribution. Rather than using rpm or dpkg package management, rPath Linux and the r... (more)

rPath Says Its Linux Makes the OS Disappear

rPath, a company recently launched by leading ex-RedHat engineers Erik Troan and Billy Marshall, has outlined a strategy in which developers can use the company's rBuilder to combine an application with a tailored version of rPath Linux. The resulting software appliance can be delivered to customer, including an installer and maintenance mechanism that simplifies deployment and management to literally a few mouse clicks, the company says. Customers get the benefit of the application without the hassle of coordinating multiple maintenance streams, release schedules, and service contracts. From the perspective of the IT shop, rPath makes the operating system disappear "Think of a software appliance as a hybrid of the on-demand application model and the network appliance model.," the company says. "The customer receives an integrated solution in the form of an installabl... (more)

rPath Signs Vindicia As An rBuilder And rPath Linux Customer

rPath announced it signed Vindicia, as an rBuilder and rPath Linux customer. Vindicia provides chargeback management and payment logic services for digital merchants. “Due to our status as a Payment Card Industry (PCI) service provider, we face a very high level of regulatory hurdles,” said Brett Thomas, Vindicia CTO. “Our previous solution lacked the level of control and capabilities required prior to a critical PCI audit.” Using rBuilder, Vindicia can wrap applications with rPath Linux and related open source components in a tightly integrated, high-performing manner. rBuilder controls critical system updates and retains copies of all software components, allowing Vindicia to quickly comply with required industry standards, including PCI audit requirements. “rPath provided the control necessary to pass our PCI compliance audit,” s... (more)

Linux Vendor rPath Supports Virtual Appliances For Xen 3.0.3

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)

rPath Simplifies Certification of Virtualization Appliances for Citrix Xenserver

rPath announced that virtual appliances intended for the Citrix Ready designation can be developed using rBuilder and the rPath Appliance Platform. “Both rPath and Citrix are committed to creating new revenue sources for application providers,” said Barry Davis, vice president, Business Development at Citrix Systems. “Virtual appliances built using rBuilder and verified as Citrix Ready give application providers new sources of revenue while simultaneously improving end user satisfaction.” A virtual appliance is an application combined with a streamlined operating system, offered in a format that runs in virtualized environments. Using rBuilder, a developer can create a virtual appliance for Citrix XenServer and submit it to Citrix for verification. The Citrix Ready designation is awarded to third party products that have successfully met the ve... (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 Announces Cloud-Based Support at SYS-CON's Virtualization and Cloud Computing Conference

rPath has announced support for the Ubuntu and CentOS Linux operating systems as part of rBuilder and the rPath Lifecycle Management Platform. rBuilder is the category-defining build and release management system for creating virtual appliances and application images. The rPath Lifecycle Management Platform extends rBuilder with a comprehensive system for controlling the cost, complexity and risk of deploying, managing and maintaining application images in virtualized and cloud-based environments. The rPath approach assembles and binds application functionality with an operating system, creating a self-contained application image that can be easily deployed, managed and maintained. This approach sets the application free from the constraints and manual configuration of hardware infrastructure, allowing applications to be instantly deployed, while providing IT opera... (more)

rPath Offers Eight Safe 2010 Predictions They Can't Miss

rPath Session at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - rPath announced “Eight IT Predictions for 2010,” an animated short video that offers a lighthearted view of what the future holds for enterprise IT. The video is available now at “For many organizations, 2009 was a painful year,” said Jake Sorofman, vice president of marketing for rPath. “But in IT, pain usually precedes progress, and that’s what we’re forecasting for 2010 — progress borne of necessity and informed by the struggles of 2009. For 2010, we’ll see many of the lessons of a down economy play out in the form of fundamentally leaner approaches to enterprise IT.”   Despite its comic tone and tongue-in-cheek depiction of IT personnel and chickens, “Eight IT Predictions for 2010” has a more serious purpose as context for shaping a strategic IT agenda for 2010 and beyond. The video predi... (more)