The article entitled "Virtual Appliances – The Evolution of a Gold Standard" discusses the emergence of virtual appliances as a new solution delivery vehicle and contrasts this with physical appliance solution deployment. It outlines some of the advantages derived from the use of virtual appliances including testing, back up, redundancy and scalability. The points are backed up with a case study from Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics.
The full article can be seen in ISACA Journal Vol 3 2008
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