RALEIGH, N.C. — rPath is bringing home another award from a LinuxWorld event.

The Raleigh-based software company, which focuses on development of Linux-based software appliances, received the “Best Utility Grid Computing Solution” award for its rBuilder product on Wednesday at LinuxWorld in San Francisco.

The award was one of 13 presented by the Linux Journal.

Software appliances enable Linux applications to be streamlined and run on standard industry hardware and in virtualization environments linking devices regardless of location or configuration.

rPath was also a finalist in two other categories: best virtualization solution and best open source solution.

In April, rBuilder was named “Best Systems Management Tool” at LinuxWorld in Boston.

“All of the judges were very impressed by the nominations we received, it was a very difficult decision. We’ve seen many new innovations, and improvements on old favorites,” said Linux Journal Products Editor and Product Excellence Awards judge James Gray. “The open source community has been hard at work, and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to recognize the advancements being made.”

rPath, which recently moved into a new headquaters, closed on $6.4 million in financing in January. The company was cited as “Startup of the Year” by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. It was founded by Erik Troan, a former vice president of engineering at Red Hat, and Billy Marshall, a former vice president of North America Sales at Red Hat.

The Best of Show award went to Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.

Raleigh-based Red Hat, a rival of Novell and SUSE Linux, did not participate in the Linux World event.

IBM won the “Best Virtualization Solution” award for its IBM Advanced Power Virtualization product.

For a complete list of winners, see: www.ssc.com/node/20

rPath: www.rpath.com