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VMWare Applicance Challenge

Have any of you guys seen this yet?

http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/appliances/challenge/

I've been using VMWare for a few years now and continue to be really impressed with it. A contest like this is going to bring about some really cool things.
Duff Send private email
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
 
 
I e-mailed 37Signals and asked them to do a RoR virtual appliance... just download, copy over your Rails projects, and host away!

If anyone else has experience configuring an iron-clad Ruby on Rails environment, e-mail me. I would actually be willing to pay for a RoR VM that I could stick into my hosting center.

Anyways, I think the Appliance Challenge is great idea and I look forward to seeing the awesome results that come out of it.
PWills Send private email
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
 
 
Gee, as much as the contest is interesting, the concept of deploying a piece of software that includes all of the OS, services, libraries, and virtually everything else (pun intended) is a rather remarkable concept.

The future really does hold the idea of that of a simple memory stick holding a complete operating system, database server, web services etc…but simply appears as a simple virtual file to be run. A very interesting concept…..

Could we see such great increases in ram, disk, processing that we deploy our applications with a complete OS?

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Albert D. Kallal Send private email
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
 
 
> Could we see such great increases in ram, disk, processing that we deploy our applications with a complete OS?

Unfortunately, this will never happen because the industry will never accept a *standard*. All this would do is move the target platform from Windows to a VMWare client. In the same way that some people are not happy using Windows, there will be some people not happy running VMWare. Think of it like this:
Windows <=> VMWare
Apple  <=> Virtual PC
Linux  <=> Bohcs

All it does is add yet another abstraction level between developer and hardware.
Adrian
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
 
 
> Could we see such great increases in ram, disk,
> processing that we deploy our applications with a
> complete OS?

I've wrote about this subject a bit here http://radio.weblogs.com/0103955/categories/stupidHumanProgramming/2006/02/18.html#a210.

I see it as the distribution format of the future. I agree the standards issue will stop it for a while, but hopefully once the industry matures a standards body will arise and a portability framework can be established.

I see the major benifits in three areas:
* security
* installation simplicity
* performance

They are all synergistic in a way that rarely is true in reality.

I am excited about the performance possibilities. You do not need a layered OS/application environment anymore. You can make one monolithic app that just screems.

Imagine a data center with automatic VM distribution capabilities where I can provision my new bare metal erlang application across a grid of processors. Instant distributed system with no hassles.
t
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
 
 

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