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Creating Smart Virtual Appliances with IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool by Kerry Staples, Moises Romo, David Peraza, Pat Nickel, Jarek Miszczyk, Li-Fang Lee, John Jacobson, Rashed Ferdous, Greg Hurlebaus

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Introduction to virtual appliance construction
This chapter provides an overview of the basic concepts that are associated with the deployment of software solutions into a virtualized infrastructure. It articulates a need for a virtual appliance construction tool. In addition, it explains how to position the IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool (referred to as the tool in this book).
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