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software appliance

A software environment that includes the operating system and application. It is designed for installation in standard hardware that will be dedicated to running that single application. A "hardware appliance" is the software appliance and computer packaged as a single product. See virtual appliance and hardware appliance.
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The VSA vSAN software Appliance supports iSCSI and hardware accelerated iSCSI with RDMA (iSER), provides centralized cluster management for multiple virtual appliances, and can be managed through VMware vCenter via a plug-in.
As the first to market with Linux-based Information Management software appliances, Novell and IBM are delivering solutions that help organizations accelerate service delivery by embracing virtualization and cloud computing," said Markus Rex, senior vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions at Novell.
As shown in Figure 1, when a client machine makes a request to the software appliance, every attempt is made to fulfill that request as far through the compute process as possible.
By deploying Novell Sentinel Log Manager as a software appliance, customers can get started in minutes and eliminate time-consuming maintenance processes with its self-updating features.
Software appliances are applications that are combined with a customised operating system where all the components are integrated and tested to work together with only a single install required.

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