I would like to see NPM (and other SolarWinds modules) offered as a VM (.OVA). This would remove the Windows and SQL Server requirements from the product.
I believe that this would also make a customer PoC more simple for the customer as they would not need to request a physical server or virtual machine for testing.
I see many software vendors moving in this direction. Most notably, VMware creating a vCenter appliance that no longer requires Windows / SQL Server and is scalable to cover most environments. This should also provide a more controlled environment / framework for SolarWinds to work within.
Thank you for your consideration.........Bruce