For independent software vendors (ISVs), software delivery creates big operational challenges. Integrating an application with the latest operating system and service pack causes headaches for customers and suppliers. However, pre-built server devices or appliances contain one convenient, ready-to-go system, minimizing configuration glitches and letting customers and suppliers step back while the appliance does the work.
they were designed. Appliances generally include an ISV s software application, the necessary supporting applications, and the required operating system and hardware platform. These elements are all contained in one convenient and ready-to-go device. To get appliances up and running, all customers typically need to do is place them in data center racks, power them up, and give them network connections and IP addresses. With some minimal configuration and set-up work, customers generally can step back and