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rPath Announces rPath Cloud Engine

Describing itself as the application engine provider for the private cloud, rPath has released its new Cloud Engine software in a bid for a slice of the end-to-end application management pie. The new product plugs and plays into any cloud technology ecosystem and claims to offer "bulletproof application delivery".

Built on its own rPath X6 system automation platform, rPath Cloud Engine features a model-driven approach to provisioning and update. The product automatically generates software configurations based on an application's current runtime environment, theoretically eliminating the need for labor-intensive, error-prone approaches to image creation, such as golden images and manual scripts.

"Apps drive business, and if you don't have a reliable method for deploying and maintaining them in the cloud, you are limiting your company's ability to fully capitalize on the economics of this rapidly-growing business model," said Michael Torto, chief executive officer for rPath. "The rPath Cloud Engine gives MSPs and private cloud vendors a simple way to differentiate, sell more, and deliver long-term business value."

Key features include RESTful API integration with the ability to access critical applications via either web browser or rPath Cloud Engine GUI; model-driven image creation enables "push-button application delivery" across heterogeneous targets, as well as on-demand systems update and rollback; multi-tenancy to enable customer base segmentation to meet unique requirements without compromising reliability; and role-based access control for security.

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