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Yankee Group gets religion about Virtual Appliances from ISVs

Given the amount of web-space that's been dedicated to virtualization, soft appliances in general, and virtual appliances, this seems a bit of a let-down.  The point is, of course, that they're correct.

What few people seem to be talking about, however, is the role virtual appliances will play as the delivery mechanism of choice for network appliances.  Think about this for a bit.  I've been spending a lot of time on it lately. The results are some startlingly different ways to think about network function and the OAM&P (operation, administrative, management and provisioning) functions.

Yankee Group Says ISVs and Customers Will Reap Tremendous Benefits from Virtual Appliances : VMblog.com - Virtualization Information

As virtualization progresses and the concept gains acceptance, virtual appliances may become the predominant and only platform for ISVs. Some of the benefits of virtual appliances for ISVs and customers are:
  • Lower support costs: Supporting a myriad of customer OSs, all with different versions, patch levels, and configurations is becoming a support nightmare.
  • Better quality software: By removing the variables of customer-installed and -configured operating systems, ISVs can have complete control of their software operating environment.
  • Easy scalability: Virtual appliances can easily be moved to a faster machine.
  • Quick deployment: Virtual appliances plug into existing virtual infrastructure and come pre-installed, pre-configured and ready to start.

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