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VMware launches $200,000 challenge for virtual appliances

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As if VMware did not already have enough companies lining up to catch the virtualisation wave, the company has launched a contest to spur development.

Virtualisation software supplier VMware announced the launch of the Ultimate Virtual Appliance Challenge - a contest with $200,000 (£115,000) worth of prizes at stake - on Monday.

According to the company, the aim is to "foster continued innovation in developing virtual appliances", which are pre-built, pre-configured, ready-to-run software applications that are packaged in virtual machines.

The Ultimate Virtual Appliance Challenge is open to participants worldwide with a first prize of $100,000, a second prize of $50,000 and a third prize of $25,000 for the best three virtual appliances.

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