IRG Press Release – Virtual Appliances



John Katsaros
Internet Research Group
(650) 949-3256


Internet Research Group Publishes
New Report On Virtual Appliances

Los Altos, CA , December 1, 2006 – Internet Research Group (IRG) today announced the release of a new infrastructure report – “Virtual Appliances – Virtualization Intersects Appliances (and more)”. 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.

“Virtual appliances are an interesting evolution to network appliances but the potential applications don’t stop there by any means,” noted Peter Christy, co-founder of IRG. “Creating complete operating system and application packages and then being able to deploy them into a virtual infrastructure is a means, for example, of assembling diverse applications quickly without necessarily porting them to the same version of the operating system – consolidation of different vendor offerings. This is as much a system design epiphany as it is a technical architecture.”

The study is available now. A table of contents can be found at The vendors impacted by this report range broadly from the existing network appliance vendors (e.g., Cisco, Juniper, Riverbed, Sourcefire, Packeteer) to application providers (e.g., Ximbra) and platform vendors (e.g., VMWare/EMC, Microsoft, XenSource, IBM).

The study is available now. A table of contents for this study can be downloaded by clicking here.

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About Internet Research Group

The Internet Research Group (IRG) provides market research and market strategy services to product and service vendors. IRG services combine the formidable and unique experience and perspective of the two principals: John Katsaros and Peter Christy, each an experienced industry veteran. The overarching mission of IRG is to help clients make faster and better decisions about product strategy, market entry, and market development. Katsaros and Christy published a book on high tech business strategy Getting It Right the First Time – Praeger, 2005.

Editor’s note: Peter Christy is available to provide background discussion, quotes or references for articles related to network infrastructure and security.

Peter Christy, principal
Internet Research Group
(650) 559-2222 ext 301

John Katsaros, president
Internet Research Group
(650) 949-3256

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