Hands-on: Linux appliances made easy with SUSE Studio
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 30 July 2009 10:36

   Novell has launched a new service called SUSE Studio that makes it easy to build software appliances. Ars gives it a spin and find it's an excellent tool for building virtual appliances.

By Ryan Paul | Last updated July 30, 2009 6:29 AM CT

Novell has launched a new Web service called SUSE Studio that simplifies the process of building Linux-based software appliances. It provides a convenient interface for creating custom versions of Novell's SUSE Linux distribution with specialized configurations. The service is part of Novell's broader SUSE Appliance Program initiative.

Enterprise software deployment comes with a lot of serious technical challenges. Getting a complex piece of server software up and running on backend infrastructure often requires system administrators to wrestle with dependencies and configuration issues. Software appliances are increasingly viewed as a compelling solution to this problem.

A software appliance is a preconfigured stack that includes a software program and its dependencies bundled with a minimal operating system image that can get the program up and running with the smallest possible resource footprint. This concept is often referred to as "Just Enough Operating System" (JeOS).  [ARS Technica...]    [Comments...]
 

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