Vast quantities of Coolness from VMware

Jul 13th, 2006

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Category: Misc.

Vast quantities of Coolness from VMware

– VMTN Virtual Appliances Directory
The vmware virtual appliances directory looks very very cool to me. It’s a collection of pre-installed pre-configured virtual machines setup for specific purposes… need a media-wiki server… no problem… need a network security scannng server … no problem…
just download and go…
And if you combine it with the release of vmware server FOR FREE then you really have something cool…
One thing I did notice is that, unsurprisingly, all the VM’s I looked at are based on Linux, and I expect this kind of thing will really drive the takeup of linux. If you think about it.. you’re asked to demo a say e-mail security server to handle your burgeoning Virus/SPAM problems…
you could pay for a windows server license, buy it, configure it, get some software to do the filtering, install it, configure it, etc etc
or you could download a pre-configured Linux VM using Pre-configured Open source software …
If you were a small overworked IT department… which would you choose?

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