For advanced technologists who want to test virtualisation technology with the IPv6 network protocol, the OpenVZ project has released its operating system-level server virtualisation software technology with support for the next-generation Internet Protocol Version 6.
In addition, it has made available support for bridged networking, giving OpenVZ virtual servers the ability to run software that relies on special network capabilities such as broadcasts, multicasts, or those having a MAC (media access control) address.
OpenVZ is operating system-level server virtualisation software technology, which is built on Linux and creates isolated, secure virtual environments on a single physical server. The aim is to enable greater server utilisation and superior availability with fewer performance penalties.
The virtual servers ensure that applications do not conflict and can be re-booted independently.
Even though most of today's Internet is based on IPv4, which is nearly 20 years’ old, OpenVZ points to the fact that there are many common Internet applications that already work with IPv6.
“Support for IPv6 was a feature request that came from our user community and a valuable addition to the network virtualisation that already exists in OpenVZ. IPv6 support delivers additional value to OpenVZ users and keeps our project current with the very latest technological advances,” says Kir Kolyshkin, manager of the OpenVZ project.
“The bridged networking feature further extends OpenVZ networking capabilities and allows a broader range of networked applications to run in virtual servers.”