Today, GroundWork Open Source announced a new SUSE-powered appliance for systems and network management. Yesterday, Zmanda introduced a SUSE-powered virtual backup server for VMWare infrastructures. GroundWork and Zmanda are both members of of the SUSE Appliance Program, the first fully-supported, business and technical program that enables Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to rapidly build, update, configure and go to market with fully-supported software and virtual appliances.
The GroundWork and Zmanda SUSE-powered virtual appliances demonstrate how ISVs can easily customize an enterprise-class operating system to create a smaller footprint and improve performance as a virtual appliance. The SUSE Appliance Program helps ISVs create tailored appliances with SUSE Studio, reduce development and support costs, and reach new markets at innovative price points.