Virtual appliances and the OVF format: The new software packaging

Thanks to the Open Virtualization Format, virtual appliances are the new way to deliver software -- say goodbye to boxes and CDs.

Virtual appliances: The new frontier for application delivery

By Eric Siebert, Contributor

Virtual appliances are pre-built VMs that contain operating systems and applications. This package removes the headaches associated with provisioning and configuring a new VM. While virtual appliances have numerous advantages, there are some potential pitfalls.


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