Launching Movable Type Websites and Blogs Gets Faster and Easier with
the Movable Type Virtual Appliance by JumpBox
San Francisco, CA - September 17, 2008 - Six Apart, the world's leading blogging software and services company, and JumpBox, a developer of virtual appliances that simplify server software deployment, today announced the availability of Virtual Movable Type. With Virtual Movable Type, new customers can get a quicker start using a virtual version of the Movable Type software, a simple and powerful alternative to installing Movable Type on a web server. The virtual appliance automatically installs the full power of Movable Type and all necessary infrastructure into a single virtual machine, eliminating the complex task of configuring server applications.
"The virtual appliance makes it radically easier to get started and allows anyone to quickly experience the flexibility, scalability and power of Movable Type," said Ed Anuff, EVP and GM of the Movable Type Division at Six Apart. "You can get up and running immediately, while reducing the cost of configuration and maintenance. And it's a snap for anyone who wants to evaluate the platform to get started, whether that's on a desktop running VMWare or Parallels, a large-scale deployment on Amazon's EC2 or anything in between."
To get started, new Movable Type users can select a hosting provider that uses VMWare or Parallels virtual environments, or use their own virtualized servers running Parallels, Xen, Microsoft Virtual Server or Microsoft Virtual PC. Customers can then simply download Virtual Movable Type by JumpBox, and follow the documentation to complete the process. Virtual Movable Type includes all of the power of the Movable Type platform, exclusive features like Action Streams for connecting to dozens of popular social networks, and a full robust web server infrastructure tailored to run Movable Type at peak performance.
"Virtual Movable Type by JumpBox is a great example of the ease of use JumpBox brings to server software deployment," commented Kimbro Staken, CEO of JumpBox Inc. "It takes minimal technical skill and just minutes to deploy, regardless of whether it's on your laptop, in the data center or in the cloud. This strips away the barriers to using server based applications like Movable Type and allows a less technical customer to take advantage of this great software."
Pricing and Availability
Virtual Movable Type and Virtual Movable Type Pro are free for developers and bloggers. Virtual Movable Type Pro for businesses is $449.95 for 5 users and $1549.95 for 20 users. Large corporations and enterprises are invited to contact the Six Apart sales team for pricing for enterprise use. Discounts for higher education and non-profit institutions are available.
Installation of Virtual Movable Type is in English, but users can set their language preferences once installation is complete since Movable Type supports posting in any language. The free, open source version of Virtual Movable Type can be downloaded from the Movable Type community site at www.movabletype.org or from the JumpBox website at http://www.jumpbox.com/app/movabletype. Movable Type Pro can be downloaded from the Movable Type site at movabletype.com/overview/virtual-movable-type.html. For information about Movable Type Pro, Movable Type Enterprise, or Six Apart Services, please visit www.movabletype.com.
About Movable Type
Movable Type is Six Apart's flagship blog software product, launched in 2001. Today, this robust social publishing platform powers the websites and blogs of many of the world's largest media companies and Fortune 100 businesses, small and medium businesses, and power bloggers. Movable Type excels as a fully integrated, scalable, proven social publishing platform upon which to build highly interactive websites, blogs and social networks.
JumpBox simplifies server software deployment with pre-built, pre-configured software applications for virtual computing. The "Powered by JumpBox" service provides Independent Software Vendors a full service solution that helps grow sales by packaging their applications for deployment on virtualized infrastructure. The JumpBox Open subscription service provides a time- and cost-saving collection of virtual appliances for business, IT, collaboration, and other applications. A "JumpBox" can be deployed in less than three minutes, thus enabling instant infrastructure. More than 20,000 JumpBoxes are in use worldwide. For more information, visit JumpBox on the web at www.JumpBox.com.
About Six Apart
Six Apart Ltd. provides award-winning blogging software and services that change the way millions of individuals, organizations, and corporations connect and communicate around the world every day. The company provides the Movable Type social publishing platform, the TypePad premier hosted blogging service, Vox, a free blogging service for friends and families, advertising solutions for leading brands and influential bloggers, and a wide range of services dedicated to help bloggers thrive in today's social media landscape. Founded in 2001, Six Apart is a global company with its headquarters in San Francisco, and offices in Tokyo, Paris and New York City. For more information, visit the Six Apart corporate web site at http://www.sixapart.com/.
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