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IBM Virtual Appliance Factory

Accelerate deployment of your application in the cloud with virtual appliances.

Accelerate your cloud

Why IBM Virtual Appliance Factory (VAF) - Rapidly deployable virtual appliances help your organization to exploit ever-evolving cloud computing capabilities and offerings at a record pace to meet future business challenges and gain competitive advantage.

Get started with the IBM Virtual Appliance Factory

The IBM Virtual Appliance Factory is a self-enablement toolkit that provides automated tools to help independent software vendors (ISVs) pre-package application solutions for deployment in KVM and PowerVM® environments. Virtual appliances are transforming the IT industry by accelerating time to value. This is achieved by prepackaging applications in a Open Virtualization Format (OVF) that combines the OS, middleware and software into one package. This speeds deployment time and accelerates entry into cloud environments. IBM has made it easy for ISVs to create virtual appliance by combining years of experience, proven methodologies with a downloadable set of Web 2.0 tools to simplify the process.

This "build once, deploy anywhere" concept is designed for:

Get started
Access the Get started with the IBM Virtual Appliance Factory solution roadmap that guides you through the education, download and technical process of creating a virtual appliance using the IBM Virtual Appliance Factory.

Download the IBM self-enablement toolkit
The IBM self-enablement method for creating virtual appliances uses the IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool and is a component of IBM SmartCloud Entry. To assist IBM Business Partners with the virtual appliance creation process, you can download it as a separate component. Also visit the solution roadmap for technical enablement materials and step-by-step instructions.

Value and benefits

Virtual Appliance accelerates time-to-value:



What's new

  • IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool

    IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool

    Build virtual images for deployment on IBM Systems and Technology Group (STG) virtualization and cloud offerings: IBM Systems Director VMControl, IBM SmartCloud Entry, and IBM PureFlex™ System with Flex System Manager appliance.


IBM Image Construction and 
            Composition Tool

Ready for PureSystems - ISV kit

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