Mon, 27 Mar 2006
Cambridge, Massachusetts Seminar Series
We have a rapidly growing research and development office right next to MIT in exciting Cambridge, Massachusetts. As with our Palo Alto, California offices, we find great benefits in being close to strong academic institutions and amidst a very active high-tech community.
Trying to be good, intellectually-stimulating neighbors, we've launched a technical seminar series. Our first seminar focused on "Virtualization Technologies & Information Security" and we were quite pleased with the content and participation. We've officially launched plans for the next seminar scheduled for June 29th, 2006. The topic is "Virtualization Technologies & Resource Management", an area VMware has always been focused on for several years now.
The full details and instructions for submitting your own ideas for presentation are available here. The deadline is May 15th, so check it out soon. Hope we see you there!
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Fri, 24 Mar 2006
Our Ultimate Virtual Appliance Challenge is now in full swing with hundreds of people interested in creating the most innovative, useful submission. The idea of these “virtual appliances” seems to really be gathering steam. This begs the question, “What exactly is a virtual appliance?” To help spread the word, I wanted to highlight the FAQ answer from our challenge page:
A virtual appliance is similar to a 'traditional' Computing Appliance and is designed with a specific function in mind. The major difference is that instead of being built on a physical computing device, a virtual appliance is built using virtual machine and can be run on VMware Player, VMware Workstation, VMware Server, or VMware ESX Server. A virtual appliance starts with a pre-installed and pre-configured operating system. In addition to the base operating system, a virtual appliance contains a pre-installed and pre-configured application. The application may have multiple components and services to provide the required functionality.
So in other words, a virtual appliance is a virtual machine with a fully pre-installed application and OS environment. Why is this exciting? Many reasons:
I hope this helps you understand a bit more about virtual appliances and why they seem to be garnering so much attention!
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