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Computing Appliance

A computing appliance is a computer that provides one or more services. This machine has an operating software (OS) hidden beneath its interface, and it also embeds an application within the device. By hiding this software, a computing appliance is relatively easy to install and maintain. A computing appliance uses something called a general-purpose OS, which usually means software such as Windows or Linux. As a result, users can't load random services onto it. In other words, computing appliances are not flexible in the services they provide. Storage and firewall appliances are two examples of computing appliances.

What Small and Midsize Businesses Need to Know About Computing Appliance

SMBs can benefit hugely from computing appliances, especially if they don't have a large IT team like larger companies. These machines are low cost, easy to install, and don't require specialist knowledge to use them.

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