Using virtual machine appliances

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About Using virtual machine appliances

With virtual appliances, administrators can get some of the benefits of running virtual machines without the burdens of installing, configuring and managing hefty software stacks. These customizable virtual software images have become an easy way to develop and roll out software without the albatross, security and management hassles of including the entire stack. Some analysts predicts that as virtualization becomes more pervasive, virtual appliances will become the predominant model for distributing software among ISVs, or independent software vendors. This section provides news and research and covers the benefits and risks of virtual appliances, including security and patching considerations, management considerations, rapid deployment and customization, support and virtual appliances and more. We also compare various virtual appliance vendors and their various benefits and disadvantages.