RPath claims virtual first

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RPath claims virtual first

RPath, who claims to be the provider of the first platform for creating and maintaining software appliances, has launched software that allows the creation of virtual appliances that run on the Xen 3.0.3 hypervisor.

The new rBuilder platform allows software developers to combine software applications with Linux and related open source components to create virtual appliances that can be provisioned and run on the Xen hypervisor and XenSource’s XenEnterprise virtualisation platform.

The company says that it is responding to the demands of the many IT managers who complain that there is a general inability to quickly move new applications from development, through testing and into production.
Packaging key applications as virtual appliances, says rPath, makes them easy to distribute and deploy on the Xen hypervisor. Using rPath Linux with rBuilder, developers can directly generate virtual appliances that are certified to run on the Xen hypervisor.

”Xen 3.0.3 is the acknowledged open source industry standard for virtualisation, developed collaboratively by the Xen community and backed by all leading enterprise IT vendors,” says Simon Crosby, chief technology officer of XenSource.

”XenEnterprise, XenSource’s packaging of the Xen hypervisor for the Windows and multi-OS virtualisation market, is an ideal platform for enterprises seeking to adopt packaged virtual appliances to streamline their software lifecycle management. The availability of
technology such as rBuilder will accelerate the adoption of Xen virtualisation and software appliances.”

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