Appliances vs. Traditional Servers: Pros and Cons

This document is intended to help organizations decide whether an appliance or a traditional server is an appropriate platform for hosting enterprise software applications.

Appliance or Traditional Server: Which is Appropriate for Hosting Enterprise Software Applications?

This document is organized as follows:

  • Definitions: defining relevant concepts and terminology.
  • Types of Appliances: differentiating between different types of appliances and what they are used for.
  • Appliance Servers -- Benefits: an overview of the advantages of hosting software on an appliance.
  • Appliance Servers -- Drawbacks: an overview of the drawbacks of hosting software on an appliance.

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