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French Start-up Fields Cloud Computing Platform for Appliances

UShareSoft’s portfolio of tools is supposed to simplify the delivery of software to physical, virtualized & cloud environments

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France's UShareSoft, started in 2007 by some ex-Sun and HP folk with only angel investors, has launched UForge Appliance Factory, where developers can visually assemble software appliances and launch them in the cloud.

It says it lets them create, re-use, clone and maintain a complete software stack in a simple, consistent and predictable manner.

UShareSoft's portfolio of enterprise-class tools is supposed to simplify the delivery of software to physical, virtualized and cloud environments such as Amazon or VMware vCenter for both scale-up and scale-out computing.

The company's also got a thing called Open Appliance Studio, a framework for automatically deploying solutions in the field that turns an existing software stack into a vApp.

It says ISVs can differentiate their products by delivering self-contained multi-node offerings that can be deployed in minutes to any cloud.

According to Talend CEO Bertrand Diard, "UShareSoft vApps is a new paradigm in delivering fully pre-configured multi-tier appliances. It is now possible to deliver a fully integrated BI solution within a single package including Talend ETL pre-integrated with other BI components."

UForge comes in an Enterprise Edition, an on-premise version of the platform that France Telecom is reportedly testing along with Open Appliance Studio for managing virtual machine appliances.

UShareSoft says creating optimized stacks has been largely a manual process, time-consuming, prone to error and needing expertise, not a situation you want in the middle of a recession.

The company quotes Forrester reflecting that "the cost of human resources for producing, operating and maintaining software will soon become prohibitive."

Its widgetry supports CentOS, Fedora, Debian and Ubuntu, both 32-bit and 64-bit, and offers a catalogue of 60 best-of-breed open source projects as well as granular construction, cloning and maintenance tools. It's supposed to generate industry-standard image formats like Amazon AMI in a click.

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