HERNDON, VA, January 31, 2006 -- The OpenVZ project today announced improved features and performance of its operating system level server virtualization software technology with availability of beta level software based on the Linux kernel 2.6.15.
The OpenVZ project freely distributes and offers support to its users, promoting operating system virtualization through a collaborative, community effort. The beta software can be downloaded at http://openvz.org.
The new software based on the Linux kernel 2.6.15 provides the following benefits:
-- better hardware support, including AMD dual-core fixes and improved x86_64 support;
-- I/O schedulers, which makes it possible to assign different I/O rates to virtual private servers (VPSs);
-- Ext3 online resizing;
-- improved memory management, such as 4-level tables support and performance enhancements;
-- new extended bind mounts;
-- improved locking scheme;
-- support for filesystem in userspace (FUSE);
-- improved version of vzctl, which is a command-line tool that controls VPSs.
"We are very excited to offer the increased benefits of the Linux kernel 2.6.15 to advanced users in the open source community,” said Kir Kolyshkin, manager of the OpenVZ project. “We’ve accomplished this in a very short period of time. We will continue to enhance OpenVZ software for users and make it available for a variety of Linux kernels."
About OpenVZ Software
The OpenVZ server virtualization software is built on Linux and creates isolated, secure virtual private servers on a single physical server - enabling better server utilization and better availability with fewer performance penalties. The virtual servers perform and execute like independent servers with their own memory, configuration files, users and applications. Each can be re-booted independently.
With the power of modern CPUs from both Intel and AMD (including the latest dual-core offerings), 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.
About the OpenVZ Project
OpenVZ software 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 receives support from SWsoft and is the core to the Virtuozzo virtualization software product. More information is available at http://openvz.org.
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