SWsoft has a new beta version of its Virtuozzo platform that adds a number of features to what is already an interesting twist on the virtualization game.
To start with, says InfoWorld, the system doesn't follow the usual path of hosting virtual machines with their own operating systems on a single server. Instead, you get a series of dynamic Linux or Windows partitions called containers that can be scaled up or down to meet user needs. The company says the approach provides for increased levels of virtualization and more efficient system resource usage.
Although version 4.0 doesn't address one of Virtuozzo's biggest problems -- the fact that each container environment has to maintain the same patches and service pack levels, there's enough here to keep the system fresh for a while.
The new management toolset includes a virtual resource pool and automatic upgrade to Windows 2003, and it works without alternate distributions or modified versions of Linux. There are also new clustering services, cross-platform backup capabilities, and online shadow copies and cloning for smoother backup and recovery.
You also get improved platform parity to ensure that both 32-bit, 64-bit and virtualized resources are treated evenly, plus better hard drive control through enhanced Windows VE file management.