Evaluating software to make sure that it is fit for purpose in your environment can be a time consuming task. One has to acquire the hardware, get the software, and configure the environment. Only then can they get to the business of performing the evaluation. Of course, virtualization helps here. Just a quick look at the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace and you’ll see hundreds of pre-packaged solutions ready for you to download and play with.
Of course, VMware provides virtual appliances of its software as well. By going to VMware.com, you can download virtual appliances for vCenter Server, vCenter Orchestrator, and even vCloud Director!
By using the vCloud Director Appliance, you can have a fully functional vCD environment ready in minutes. In the current version, the vCD Appliance even contains an embedded Oracle 11g R2 Express Edition (XE) database that eliminates the need to configure an external database.
Now the vCloud Director Appliance does have some limitations. As it’s only intended for use with evaluations of vCloud Director, the scale of the deployment is limited to:
To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, VMware vSphere Blog: The vCloud Director Appliance- VMware Blogs