It’s no surprise that most of today’s IT world lives within a virtual computing environment. The ability to cut costs, save energy, and reduce hardware footprint are just a few of the many advantages of being virtual. However, the pains and headaches of installing operating systems and other various software applications still persist. Enter the beauty of the virtual appliance.
A virtual appliance is a pre-configured, self-contained virtual machine that typically includes a pre-installed minimal operating system along with other desired software applications. Virtual appliances are usually exported as an OVF (Open Virtualization Format) file. This file can be re-deployed to an existing virtual environment, then simply turned on for use.
During the build process of our Sightline EDM virtual appliance, Oracle Linux was selected for several benefits including:
Many obstacles were presented while building the Sightline appliance. However, the finished product made the journey well worth the time. Creating the appliance not only involved installing Oracle Linux and our software, but also included a number of system configurations, such as:
Different applications will require different needs from the system, so not all journeys will share the same path when creating an appliance. Some paths may be harder than others, but in either case, the finalized appliance can be extremely beneficial to both vendors and their customers, as the appliance can:
With the creation of any virtual appliance, there’s a great deal of planning and strategy in order to ensure a great product presentation. At the conclusion of the project, Oracle Linux was clearly the right choice. Not only did it give us a free and distributable operating system — it answered our customers’ needs for support, reliability and dependability.