"If you’re unfamiliar with the software appliance
concept, it’s easy. Instead of taking the time to setup a
server, install all the applications, configure and deploy it and
hope it all works, you can skip all that and jump straight to the
end. SUSE Studio, Novell says, allows you to log on to
Novell’s network, configure your server there, test it out on
Novell’s VM, save changes, and download a working image.
"Essentially, you do all the hard work in the cloud and then
test drive it. The packaged image is ready to go in any format you
want. ISO, USB boot image, Live CD, VM Ware HyperVisor image and
coming soon, an Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) Image."