The appliance offers a preconfigured bundle of the database and the Red Hat Enterprise Server 5 Advanced Platform operating system. Users will be able to download the appliance directly into a virtual compartment.
Appliances traditionally refer to bundles of hardware and software, such as the Google Search Appliance that allows enterprises to sift through corporate data on consumer electronics devices.
In the software market, the terms has come to refer to a preconfigured bundle of an operating system and applications.
Users currently have to manually install and configure Red Hat and Sybase applications. This causes large organisations to end up with unique configurations for each server that have to be tested every time a server is patched or updated.
This has already prompted many organisations to standardise on a few images used across multiple applications. The move to virtual appliances is just a further extension of the trend, the companies argued.
While a pre-packaged appliance will not perform as well as a highly optimised system, it eliminates the need to individually test each system before applying updates, Raj Nathan, chief marketing officer with Sybase, argued in a press conference at the Red Hat Summit in San Diego.
"Now [users] can have a pre-packaged image that says: 'Here are all the parameters that are set. Just slap this on your hardware,'" he said.
"Even if your application does not perform to the optimum, it will perform well enough that you can save all the labour of specialising for each environment."
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