Live from NewTeeVee Live!

The show that’s bringing you backstage access to the future of Internet video is finally here! Yes, the second year of our own NewTeeVee Live event kicks off this morning, and we’re about to hear from web video gurus like Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Anthony E. Zuiker, creator and executive producer of the CSI franchise. The Internet as a distribution platform for video has arrived, and industry insiders will tell you what you need to know at our day-long event.

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rPath Burns EC2 Appliances in a Web Portal

Back in July, we looked at how cloud computing may force appliance vendors to change the way they build products. Now rPath, which makes release management tools for virtual appliances, is announcing support for EC2 on its rBuilder portal, a web site that lets users turn software into virtual appliances and publish them to clouds and virtual environments with a few clicks. It’s an impressive step in web-based release management for virtual environments, but rPath’s road may be bumpy.

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The Cloud Will Force Networking Vendors to Change Their Stripes

Many operational clouds, such as Amazon Web Services, still require their customers to corral their own machines, however virtual. On the other hand, development clouds like Salesforce.com or Google’s App Engine hide the underlying machines, and handle all the networking equipment — virtual and real — on behalf of their customers. Either model means a big transition for the makers of traditional networking equipment.

JumpBox Asks Users to Pay for Convenience

Startup JumpBox has managed to stuff an entire software program — and a virtual computer to run that program — into a single file for easy downloading and installation. And today the company has launched a subscription program called JumpBox Open, which gives access to a variety of its pre-installed program packages for about $200 a year. So far, the company has about 20 open-source JumpBoxes, including Trac and Drupal.

Any server or computer running virtualization software can operate a JumpBox, and it takes away the time associated with loading and configuring the machine to run the programs locally. Co-founder and COO Sean Tierney says the next step will be packaging any type of software (not just open source) in this manner. He expects to have 75 titles available by the end of the year.

The delivery method seems to have more in common with offering software on an appliance than any type of hosted model, which might make it attractive for businesses that want to run software that’s not currently available via host, or that want to keep their software in-house. The service is really just packaging and updating existing software; there’s no hosting infrastructure to take into consideration. It reminds me of paying extra for convenience foods such as pre-cut veggies in the grocery store. I would guess the margins are similar for JumpBox. Nice.