OpenVZ, the open source virtualisation project, claims that its website attracting more than one million hits in January, just one month after full production, is proof of the growing popularity of open source operating system virtualisation.
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The OpenVZ project freely distributes and offers support to its users from http://openvz.org, promoting operating system virtualisation through what it describes as a collaborative, community effort. Built on Linux, the OpenVZ server virtualisation software creates isolated, secure virtual private servers on a single physical server.
The result, says OpenVZ, is better server utilisation 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.
"Clearly virtualisation is a technology whose time has arrived," says Kir Kolyshkin, manager of the OpenVZ project.
"We are immensely gratified that OpenVZ has quickly gained traction not only in the community, but also with users who derive value by deploying their applications on virtual private servers.
“We will continue to add features to OpenVZ software and expect that over time virtualisation will become part of the mainstream Linux distributions. The mandate to reduce costs within the IT department without sacrificing performance is generating renewed buzz around virtualisation technology."