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SWsoft Builds Virtual Bridge

By Amy Newman (Send Email)
Posted Jul 29, 2003


SWsoft Monday kicked off Fusion, an enterprise server consolidation program based on Virtuozzo virtualization and resource management software.

SWsoft Monday kicked off Fusion, a server consolidation program based on its Virtuozzo software. The program is designed to enable enterprises to seamlessly consolidate legacy systems on newer, more powerful and secure servers.

The program is designed to enable enterprises to seamlessly consolidate legacy Windows NT and Unix systems on dozens of newer, more powerful and secure servers using Virtuozzo virtualization and resource management software for transparent server consolidation.

According to SWsoft, Fusion was designed specifically for enterprises looking to benefit from the cost savings associated with server consolidation.

"With thousands of legacy servers running early WinNT and Unix OS still in production at corporate IT departments and degrading service levels, IS managers are faced with the challenge of upgrading this legacy infrastructure without incurring the burden of buying new boxes for each one of those obsolete servers as well as high management costs" said Serguei Beloussov, CEO and founder of SWsoft.

"Our Virtuozzo-powered Fusion program provides clear answers to this challenges allowing customers to drastically cut the cost of upgrading and management of the hardware and migrating its applications, by consolidating dozens of obsolete servers into single x86 box," Beloussov added.

Fusion's key components are:

  • The consolidation of legacy servers into fewer, powerful x86 boxes running Virtuozzo
  • Consulting for the migration of legacy Windows and Unix applications to Linux
  • Developing Virtuozzo application templates to minimize memory footprints of the applications running concurrently in multiple Virtual Private Servers
  • Help with developing Dynamic Load Distribution algorithms and overall performance optimization
  • Developing fail-over configurations for mission-critical applications running inside Virtual Private Servers

Virtuozzo is currently available only on Linux. A Windows version of Virtuozzo, scheduled for release later this year, will be integrated into the Fusion program when it becomes available.

Virtuozzo virtualization software enables IT managers to divide Intel servers into Virtual Private Servers, with each Virtual Private Server functionally identical to a dedicated server, with resource control and complete isolation. Virtuozzo partitions can scale to 16 CPUs and 64 GB of RAM, and are capable of running run more than 2,500 partitions on a single server.

An unnamed major Fortune 100 company has already signed up for the Fusion program. The enterprise is looking to replace and upgrade servers, increase service levels, and make the move from older, obsolete WinNT and Unix applications to those on Linux.

SWsoft claims other potential customers are "in the pipeline."

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