rPath launches flagship SaaS platform

rPath is rolling out its rBuilder platform for building Linux software appliances. Software appliances give customers the benefit of the application without the hassles of integration and operating system maintenance--the hallmark of Software as a Service (SaaS). rBuilder transforms Linux from being just another port for app developers to being a strategic element of a subscription business model, according to the company.

"rBuilder provides a platform that allows application developers to control their operating environment, eliminating the expensive engineering cycles associated with multi-platform support," says Erik Troan, rPath founder and CTO.

rBuilder can create app images for installation on industry-standard hardware or for virtualized environments such as VMware virtual machines. Commercial entities interested in building software appliances can contact rPath to obtain rBuilder. For those interested in building freely available software appliances, a free version is available.