Lxlabs, a vendor of hosting related software, has added full xen management capabilities to its virtualisation software, HyperVM.
The company claims that HyperVM is the first and only product offering both software level and hardware level virtualisation in the industry today. Xen support, it adds, will bring unprecedented levels of flexibility to hosting companies who can now offer a wider choice to their customers.
Lxlabs sees hardware and OS level virtualisation as not entirely competing technologies, with each having its own advantages and disadvantages that are perfectly complemented by the other. The company suggests that the ability to choose either one depending on the task at hand is vital for firms who want to retain their customers even as their requirements change.
HyperVM, which now supports both the technologies in an extremely transparent manner, will be marketed as enabling companies to migrate from one to the other trivially, and without the customer even becoming aware of it.
Lxlabs also announced that it will support Solaris containers and Vmware in addition to MS Virtual Server, and thus offer the one umbrella solution that can handle every kind of virtualisation scenario. The Solaris container support is expected to be released later this year.
The company says that the key feature of HyperVM is the absolute transparent way in which it handles all the different technologies, enabling the customer to switch from one to another without even realising that that their core technology has changed. Lxlabs hopes such a facet will keep it unique in the market, stiff competition from more established players notwithstanding.