SOURCE: Zenoss, Inc.

October 23, 2007 11:00 ET

Zenoss Partners With rPath to Deliver and Maintain Its Open Source Management Software and Hardware Appliances

Open Source Software Developer Utilizes rBuilder and the rPath Appliance Platform for Its Award-Winning IT Network Management Product

ANNAPOLIS, MD and RALEIGH, NC--(Marketwire - October 23, 2007) - Zenoss, Inc., a leading commercial open source IT management company, today announced it has selected rPath's rBuilder™ and the rPath Appliance Platform™ to deliver its solution as software and hardware appliances. Zenoss Core, the foundation of all Zenoss product offerings, is an open source IT monitoring solution that delivers the functionality to effectively manage the configuration, health and performance of networks, servers and applications through a single, integrated software package.

A software appliance is an application combined with a streamlined operating system, offered in a format that runs on industry standard hardware or in virtualized environments. Zenoss initially embraced the software appliance approach because the company needed a quick and easy way to allow potential customers to download and test Zenoss Core. To date, Zenoss deploys its solutions as software appliances (hosted on VMware Player, Server or ESX Server) and hardware appliances (with Zenoss Enterprise subscriptions).

"Before working with rPath, we built appliances on our own. However, the process was cumbersome and it was difficult to effectively build an appliance with a small enough footprint to keep download sizes manageable," stated Erik Dahl, Zenoss CTO and co-founder. "rBuilder and the rPath Appliance Platform are ideal solutions as they allow us to create appliances that are small and can be updated easily."

rPath's technology enables Zenoss to quickly build and update its software and hardware appliances while keeping pace with the company's rapid release schedule. In addition, the rPath Appliance Platform gives Zenoss the ability to provide its customers with a maintenance stream for its product as well as the underlying operating system. Zenoss can easily add and customize the Linux distribution to best meet its customer requirements.

"Zenoss already had a deep understanding of the benefits building an appliance would bring to their customers. rPath's technology gives Zenoss a process-based, highly automated, repeatable and reproducible means for building and maintaining appliances," stated Billy Marshall, rPath CEO and co-founder. "Once an appliance is built utilizing rBuilder, it can be re-deployed in another format without going back to square one in the development process. This enables Zenoss to offer customers flexibility in implementation."

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About Zenoss, Inc.

Zenoss, Inc. ( brings powerful IT management solutions to organizations of all sizes around the globe. Zenoss Core is a complete network monitoring and systems management platform that discovers networked IT resources, monitors them for performance and availability, and tracks changes through a configuration management database (CMDB). Zenoss offers enterprise-grade support, services, and commercial add-ons through its Enterprise Subscription. One of the ten most active projects on SourceForge.Net, Zenoss software has been downloaded over 250,000 times in 2007, and is used in government, education, and some of the world's largest corporations. Zenoss is winner of Network World's Clear Choice Award, Enterprise Open Source Magazine Readers' Choice Award, and a nominee for Best Technical Design in the SourceForge 2007 Community Choice Awards. Zenoss, Inc. is privately held and headquartered in Annapolis, MD. Download Zenoss Core free at

About rPath, Inc.

For application providers that want to accelerate license growth, expand into new markets, and reduce support and development costs, rPath's platform transforms applications into virtual appliances. A virtual appliance is an application combined with just enough operating system (JeOS) for it to run optimally in any virtualized environment. Virtual appliances eliminate the hassles of installing, configuring and maintaining complex application environments. Only rPath's technology produces appliances in multiple virtual machine formats, simplifies application distribution, and lowers the customer service costs of maintenance and management. The company is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, visit

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