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rPath Supports Virtual Appliances for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

September 8, 2008

rPath today announced application providers can use rBuilder(R) and the rPath Appliance Platform(TM) to build, deploy and maintain virtual appliances that run on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. rPath is a silver sponsor of Microsoft’s U.S. launch event in Bellevue, Wash.

Leading analyst firm Gartner predicts virtualization will be the highest-impact trend changing IT infrastructure and operations through 2012. A virtual appliance is an application combined with just enough operating system (JeOS) for it to run optimally in any virtualized environment. In addition to the Windows platform, rPath supports all the major virtualization platforms including VMware, Citrix Systems, Parallels and Virtual Iron.

rBuilder is the first and only development platform that simplifies and automates the creation of virtual appliances. Application providers can now use rBuilder to build Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) images for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. The rPath Appliance Platform technology offers complete appliance lifecycle management capabilities, from creation through deployment, configuration, management, and update.

In January of 2007, rBuilder became the first and only means for turning Linux applications into VHD images to run on Microsoft Virtual Server 2005. Earlier this year, rPath entered a technology partnership with Novell that enables application providers to use Novell’s SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Server when building virtual appliances on rBuilder.

“Microsoft is poised to accelerate the adoption of virtualization in the enterprise with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. Microsoft’s decision to continue interoperability work and supporting Linux shows its commitment to the heterogeneous IT enterprise,” said Billy Marshall, rPath founder and CEO.

“Microsoft is working to build bridges to the open source community, and rPath’s technology gives customers the ability to run Linux applications in a Windows environment,” said David Greschler, director of integrated virtualization strategy, Microsoft Corp. “Beyond this, Microsoft has put programs in place to provide cooperative technical support across multiple hypervisor platforms, and ensuring customers to use Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and System Center products to work with non-Windows products. This work has the potential to provide Microsoft customers with innovative business solutions to use in building their virtual infrastructure.”

At today’s Microsoft’s U.S. launch event, appliances for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V are being demonstrated at the rPath booth by customers Webalo and Techout.

Webalo’s innovative technology transforms enterprise applications to include compatibility and mobile delivery of key business data to any handheld mobile device. “As computing becomes virtualized and available as a service by resources that are independent of location, we are pleased to work with rPath to be the engine that makes this happen,” said Peter Price, president and CEO of Webalo.

Techout, an Internet performance engineering company, uses virtual web monitoring technology to monitor and measure business transactions, SOAP/REST Web Services, and Amazon Web Services. “The interoperability of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V represents a turning point in the industry. By working with rPath, we are able to provide our enterprise customers with a virtual web monitoring appliance that can seamlessly integrate into their existing Microsoft infrastructure,” stated John D’Esposito, founder and CTO of Techout.

About rPath(R)

rBuilder and the rPath Lifecycle Management Platform automate the creation, configuration, management and maintenance of application images for virtualized and cloud computing environments. By producing application images that are optimized for any hypervisor, rPath frees the application from the underlying hardware, and enables a more efficient, lower cost model for development, deployment and support. rPath’s end-to-end technology simplifies the entire range of lifecycle management activities for application images, while promoting scalability in response to dynamic demand. rPath is headquartered in Raleigh, NC. Visit www.rpath.com.

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