Virtual Appliances: A New Paradigm for Software Delivery

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September 22, 2008

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This white paper discusses the value of virtual appliances and outlines the ways in which VMware isbuilding a rich and diverse ecosystem around the virtual appliance model based on four key elements:<ul><li>A VMware Ready Virtual Appliance Program which is an ecosystem initiative that enables customers to identify virtual appliances that follow best practices and are optimized for VMware Infrastructure.</li><li>A robust authoring tool for configuring, packaging and updating production-ready virtual appliances.</li><li>A large and diverse marketplace where vendors can list their virtual appliances online for customers to discover, download, evaluate and purchase.</li><li>A reliable, robust and proven virtualization platform for deploying and managing virtual appliances.</li></ul>