VMware vApp

A VMware vApp is a collection of virtual machines (VMs) and sometimes other vApps that host a multi-tier application, its policies and service levels.

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A VMware vApp is a collection of pre-configured virtual machines (VMs) that combine applications with the operating systems that they require. 

VApps allow disparate VMs to work together in a stack as an application, and support cloud computing architectures. Administrators can nest vApps within vApps, set up VMware resource pools and deploy new vApps based on existing ones. 

VMware vApps operate on the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) standard and vApps are exported in OVF format. VMware vApp meta data resides in the vCenter Server database.

See also: virtual appliance

This was first published in February 2013

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