Novell appliances simplify the Novell development and delivery model for Filr so that we can provide you with new services more quickly.
Novell appliance benefits include the following:
Simplified Deployment: Filr appliances are built on specific and tuned operating systems (SLES 11 SP2 in the case of Filr 1.0). This means that you don’t have to install the operating system, select the packages, and so on because everything needed is included and ready to configure and run.
By the same token, packages and services that aren’t needed aren’t included, and therefore they don’t consume system resources.
Simplified Management: Appliances include the following:
Appliance-specific configuration wizards to configure exactly and only what is required.
Web-based administration tools for changing configurations, adding or provisioning users, and so on, from basically anywhere that you need to be
Simplified Maintenance: Appliances don’t require support packs or patches.
When there are enhancements or upgrades, you simply replace the system disk, connect it to the existing data disks, and start the service on the upgraded appliance.