An appliance is
|“||a generic term that encapsulates many aspects of integrated systems and related solutions cutting across data center, PC and software delivery.||”|
|“||[a] hardware platform with its supporting software that performs a single function or multiple functions.||”|
|“||[s]erver hardware configured with server software and optimized for simple functions such as Web page serving.||”|
|“||pre-configured and ready to run when data is added. Appliances generally offer specialised hardware, a management system and storage.||”|
- Gartner, IT Glossary (full-text).
- Unified Capabilities, Framework 2013, App. C, at C-1 (full-text).
- Information Technology Resource Management Glossary, at 6.
- Australian Public Service Better Practice Guide for Big Data, at 10 n.12.