"As virtualization continues to permeate IT shops, many
independent software vendors (ISVs) are distributing software as
Linux virtual appliances: preconfigured virtual machines that
include the application's entire stack, including the operating
system. But industry experts say that end users should research and
understand the design of these virtual appliances before bringing
them into their environment.
"Traditionally, vendors have based appliances on Linux so by
preconfiguring their software on a dedicated x86 server..."
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