Jeff Nolan writes: “…I am skeptical that the appliance meme has legs… it just doesn’t make sense to take a multipurpose compute server and turn into into a single purpose appliance. Appliance vendors claim that reduce maintenance workload is a big benefit, but how can they say that when the IT group is saddled with maintaining an increasing number of boxes by going the appliance route. Blades are a different animal altogether.”
Basically, there are three ways to deliver software: packaged software, as an appliance or as a service. Of late, the appliance route is getting quite some traction.