rPath Delivers Pushbutton Microsoft Windows App Deployment
rPath, the self-described “service factory for on-demand IT,” has released rBuilder 5.8, which adds automated Microsoft Windows server application deployment. The company says it’s a natural extension of its work doing the same in Linux server environments. Here’s the scoop on how rBuilder can potentially eliminate some headaches.
The company’s press release claims that 47 percent of IT operating expenditures have to do with deployment tasks. If true, rPath’s rBuilder can cut down on a lot of that by taking in a .NET or other Windows application, resolving dependencies, applying version control, and outputting standard MSI packages that are ready to deploy. rPath says it “turns weeks into minutes” when it comes to deploying and updating server applications.
What’s more, the rBuilder solution makes deployable images that can run in any Windows server, whether it be physical, virtual, or hosted in the cloud (like, say, with Amazon Web Services). The VAR Guy would expect no less from one-third of the recently-minted NRE Alliance, which aims to provide self-service private and hybrid cloud in partnership with Eucalyptus and newScale.
The final part of rPath’s announcement is their membership in the Microsoft System Center Alliance, a partner community that will enable them to collaborate with other developers and create solutions to manage physical and virtual IT environments.
It sounds like rPath is learning what many other initiatives like OpenStack have already proven: to succeed, it’s good to get in close with open source companies, but for the big customer wins, make sure you’re in with Microsoft, too.