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Abiquo Launches Thunderflash at Cloud Expo
Thunderflash Is The First Hypervisor Agnostic Virtual Machine Image Exchange for Cloud Computing
By: Krisandra Russo
Apr. 19, 2010 08:53 AM
From the Fifth International Cloud Expo at the Javitz Convention Center in New York City - Abiquo, a leading developer of Cloud infrastructure management software, on Monday announced The Thunderflash Exchange, a free community Web site designed to offer IT professionals a one-stop shop for searching, finding and downloading virtual machine images from any provider.
The Thunderflash Exchange is sponsored by Abiquo and is the first Cloud software directory which will allow both vendors and the open source community to add virtual machine images for use on any hypervisor.
At the time of launch, Thunderflash already lists more than 1,000 open source and commercial images containing software from a wide variety of vendors.
The virtual machine images available through Thunderflash are vitally important to IT professionals, as they contain pre-installed operating systems, applications and other tools, which can then be deployed as a unit in one simple operation. Such images can save IT professionals hours of valuable time building and configuring application servers from the ground-up. Thunderflash's advanced searching tools allow for the selection of exactly the right virtual machine image, which can then be directly download, enabling new application servers to be deployed in a fraction of the usual time.
Unlike the directories offered by hypervisor vendors and others, The Thunderflash Exchange is completely hypervisor agnostic, listing virtual machine images for all popular hypervisors. Additionally, the majority of images are available for immediate high-speed download directly from the Thunderflash site, rather than simply offering links to vendor sites, which are frequently broken, out of date, or have complex registration procedures.
"We are launching The Thunderflash Exchange to fill a critical market need," said Pete Malcolm, CEO of Abiquo. "IT professionals simply don't have the time to search multiple sites, each with its own procedures, or to deal with the frustration of broken links and complex registration processes. With Thunderflash, they can find the right image and be downloading it at high speed in seconds saving time and cost for the organization."
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