|| ||"Glenn Rossman" <glenn-AT-bakercg.com>|
|| ||LinuxWorld follow-up|
|| ||Fri, 16 Feb 2007 10:22:46 -0500|
OpenVZ Open Source Software Virtualization Project Has Great 2006
Made available on all leading platforms, added tools, great awareness leads
to banner year
HERNDON, Va., February 16, 2007 -- The open source project, OpenVZ
(www.openvz.org <http://www.openvz.org/> ) delivered some 50 software
updates and in total more than 2 terabytes of its virtualization software
were downloaded in 2006 by the user community - the project announced today.
The operating system server virtualization software technology helps
increase server utilization rates.
The OpenVZ project freely distributes and offers support to its users,
promoting operating system virtualization through a collaborative, community
effort. Supported by SWsoft, the OpenVZ project serves the needs of the
community developers, testers, documentation experts, and other technology
enthusiasts who wish to participate in and accelerate the technology
development process. OpenVZ is open source software that is used as the
basis for the SWsoft Virtuozzo virtualization software product.
In 2006, OpenVZ operating system virtualization software was made available
for the mainstream Linux kernels (2.6.16 and 2.6.18), along with Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 4 (RHEL4), and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (SLES10) and
openSUSE 10.1. Last May, Mandriva became the first Linux distribution to
include operating system virtualization technology by embedding the OpenVZ
software directly into its Mandriva Corporate Server 4.0 kernel. Now, OpenVZ
software is available as part of Linux distributions that include Debian,
Gentoo Linux, and ALT Linux Sisyphus.
Over the past year, the OpenVZ project expanded it support to include
servers using x86, x86_64, IA64, Power 64-bit and UltraSPARC(r) T1
Some progress was made towards the mainstream Linux kernel last year, as
well. The Linux kernel 2.6.19 already includes some contributions of OS
virtualization from OpenVZ, as well as others.
Also last year, OpenVZ delivered a capability that no other open source
operating system-level virtualization software offers -- a live migration
feature, which allows system administrators to move virtual servers between
physical servers without end-user disruption or the need for costly storage
"Looking ahead, we already have in development OpenVZ software for the new
Linux kernel based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5," said Kir Kolyshkin,
manager of the OpenVZ project. "Users can count on us continuing an
aggressive schedule delivering software updates, as well as active efforts
with regard to the mainstream Linux kernel and additional Linux
As further testimony to the increasing interest in the user community, in
January 2006 just one month after full production, the OpenVZ website had
one million hits. That milestone was reached four times last year. Today,
there are some 10,000 message posts on the OpenVZ support Forum among the
very active users.
OpenVZ is operating system server virtualization software technology, built
on Linux, which creates multiple isolated, secure virtual environments on a
single physical server - enabling greater server utilization and superior
availability with fewer performance penalties. The virtual servers ensure
that applications do not conflict and can be re-booted independently.
With the power of today's processors, hardware is often under utilized. With
virtualization technology, the server can effectively be split into many
small ones, each running its tasks so that the whole server is utilized more efficiently.
OpenVZ software, which can be downloaded at http://openvz.org
<http://openvz.org/> , comes with user tools that help automate management
of virtual servers. With its unique architecture that uses a single
operating system instance, the virtual servers perform and execute like
independent servers with their own memory, configuration files, users and
applications. Each can be re-booted independently. Using template-based
application deployment provides a simple way to get new virtual servers up
and running in minutes and OpenVZ can run several times more virtual servers
per CPU than other virtualization technologies. Also, the OpenVZ project
maintains a blog site discussing virtualization technology, which can be
accessed here, http://blog.openvz.org <http://blog.openvz.org/> .
Glenn Rossman | Baker Communications Group, LLC | 914-419-8855 |
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