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OpenVZ project ports its code to Power 64

The OpenVZ project has ported its operating system-level server virtualisation software technology, which is now available for systems using Power 64-bit processors.

OpenVZ freely distributes and offers support to its users, promoting operating system virtualisation through a collaborative, dedicated community. The organisation says the move means that users will have full access to OpenVZ software, which it believes helps increase server utilisation rates.

"This turned out to be a simple procedure to port our code to the Power 64 processor, which demonstrates the portability of OpenVZ software," comments Kir Kolyshkin, manager of the OpenVZ project.

"Unlike hypervisor-based virtualisation technology, OpenVZ is extremely easily portable across different architectures, since 95% of the code is platform-independent. With the port to Power, we've opened the door for another segment of the user community to benefit from our open source virtualisation software," he adds.

OpenVZ is operating system-level server virtualisation software technology, built on Linux, which creates isolated, virtual environments on a single physical server.

The organisation says that this enables greater server utilisation and superior availability with fewer performance penalties. It adds that the virtual servers ensure that applications do not conflict and can be rebooted independently.

 


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