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IRG Reports on Virtualization

LOS ALTOS, Calif. -- Internet Research Group (IRG) today announced the release of a new infrastructure
report -- "Virtualization - Advice to Infrastructure Vendors." This
is the second report in IRG's series of research reports on
virtualization. Virtual appliances use virtualization technology to
abstract an appliance software image from the hardware while
maintaining the packaging and ease of deployment of a hardware
appliance. This report takes an advanced look at the long term
business and industry-wide implications.

"Simplistically, a virtual appliance is a physical appliance software
image deployed onto a virtual infrastructure," noted Peter Christy,
co-founder of IRG. "Virtual Appliances share most of the value
propositions of a physical server but seem to be a very powerful
concept and can potentially change the very way we think about
building infrastructure systems such as security or WAN
optimization."

The Internet Research Group (IRG)