Parallels Virtuozzo Containers is the world’s leading OS virtualization solution for Windows and Linux.  Parallels Virtuozzo Containers offers levels of density, performance and manageability that are often far higher and cheaper than alternative virtualisation solutions.

Parallels believe that the new Virtuozzo Containers 4.5 for Windows will represent a major step forward in the manageability, performance and efficiency of virtualisation technologies for the enterprise. This new release will a number of new features and enhancements to the industry’s leading OS virtualisation solution, including support for Windows Server 2008.

New features include:

  • Windows Server 2008 Support: for x32 and x64-bit with or without co-existence with Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Role Management
  • Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering Support

and enhancements such as

  • Improved Dynamic Resource Management
  • Transactional NTFS and Registry in Containers
  • Enhanced third-party tools list for backup and security support

OS Virtualisation
While Hypervisor Virtualization (such as VMWare’s ESX Server, or Citrix’s XenServer) has a base layer that is loaded directly on the bare server with OS Virtualization, the base is a standard host operating system and with no virtualized hardware interfaces performance can be better than other solutions.

Parallels business automation tools allowing management of virtual environments using a web browser, dynamic resource allocation and live migration have enabled Parallels Containers  to be widely adopted by hosting companies to allow their customers access to Cloud services – customers shaing independent server instances offering databases, mail, web and collaboration services on the same physical host.

Oranges are not the only fruit
Organisations are reviewing virtualisation technologies to consolidate server estates in order to reduce costs. There is a tendency in such projects to only consider Hypervisor Virtualization as a solution yet, Virtuozzo Containers’ efficient technology gives its virtual environments the highest density available from a virtualization solution. OS code and resource/cache sharing across virtual environments, templating of OSs and applications are a few of the capabilities that enable hundreds of virtual environments on a standard production physical server. There are a number of solutions, including VDI deployments, that can be delivered quickly and cost effectively using Parallels Containers.

Get with the Programme
To join the Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.5 for Windows Release Candidate Evaluation Program, visit the Parallels site to download the installation files and request an evaluation key.

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Andrew Wood (144 Posts)

Andrew is a Director of Gilwood CS Ltd, based in the North East of England, which specialises in delivering and optimising server and application virtualisation solutions. With 12 years of experience in developing architectures that deliver server based computing implementations from small-medium size business to global enterprise solutions, his role involves examining emerging technology trends, vendor strategies, development and integration issues, and management best practices.

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