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SWsoft joins virtualisation standards body

Virtualisation technology provider SWsoft has joined the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp (SPEC) as part of its new working group to develop standard methods of comparing virtualisation performance for datacentre servers.

Long established as a provider of workstation yardsticks, SPEC is a non-profit organisation that establishes, maintains and endorses standardised benchmarks to measure the performance of the newest generation of high-performance computers.

SWsoft authors the Virtuozzo operating system virtualisation software, which allows a single Linux or Windows OS instance to be dynamically partitioned into multiple, highly-efficient virtual environments.

The Virtuozzo architecture aims to enable each virtual environment to scale up to the full resources of the physical server and maintain performance at levels consistent with a native server.

SWsoft claims that Virtuozzo enables density of up to hundreds of virtual environments on a single physical server. SWsoft will be among good company with the current SPEC member companies: the roster includes AMD, Dell, Fujitsu Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, IBM, Sun Microsystems and VMware.

"SPEC welcomes SWsoft and looks forward to its active participation in the virtualisation  working group," said Walter Bays, SPEC president.

"Virtualisation is an important factor affecting IT, and the time is right for industry-standard methods of evaluating performance."

The more virtualisation becomes adopted, rapidly according to the aforementioned IDC, support finding credible benchmarks will be essential for IT managers.

SPEC has a great pedigree among the very hardware suppliers whose resources will be virtualised. Having a SPEC mark for virtualisation technologies will play an important part in end-users getting the right products for their needs.

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