The lion’s share of heavy lifting in any deployment is the initial install. Time consuming, complex, and with the potential for human error lurking at every push of the button (or key), installation can be a very real bottleneck to pursuing new opportunities. Ironically, a solid and swift installation practice can actually provide a strategic competitive advantage as well as a fast track to those very opportunities. 

There are four primary installation strategies today offering varying levels of automation and differing blends of speed, agility and risk. From hand installation to golden image to golden VM virtualization, and finishing with today’s most promising approach, RPM-based installation, each method has its strengths and weaknesses depending on the environment and objectives. We delve into these as we examine ways to spin up your metal (physical or virtual) to maximize opportunity.

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