SWsoft has announced that its Virtuozzo for Linux server virtualisation software now supports Itanium. In the process, it claimed to be the first product to offer Itanium-based virtualisation as both host and guest.

The company claimed that each of its virtual machines - dubbed virtual private servers (VPS) - comes with quality of service guarantees and the ability to automatically scale to the full server, based on resource requirements.

The product creates multiple isolated VPSs on a single physical server, enabling each to perform and execute exactly like a stand-alone server. This means OS-level virtualisation, unlike other hardware emulation approaches to virtualisation, the company said.

Claimed benefits include:

  • High Performance: Efficient technology with near-zero overhead
  • Expansive Hardware and Software Support: Complete platform parity and interaction with existing OS and hardware; supports native 32 and 64-bit systems, 16-CPU SMP support and 64GB of RAM
  • Unmatched Scalability and Density: A single physical server can house tens or hundreds of VPSs with each VPS scaling up to the full capacity of the server
  • Complete Isolation: Each VPS is isolated for maximum security; one VPS cannot affect another VPS on the same server
  • Robust Resource Management: Control over CPU, memory, disk and network input/output
  • High Availability: Migrate VPS(s) from one server to another with minimal downtime
  • Powerful Toolsets: Self management of large and potentially remote groups of servers and VPSs
  • Open Architecture and API: Built on industry standards and ready for third party developers, ISVs and OEMs
  • Rapid return on investment: Lower hardware, software and management costs minimises total cost of ownership

Company CEO Serguei Beloussov said: "Our support of the Itanium processor distinguishes Virtuozzo from other server virtualisation technologies because we provide complete 64-bit support. While hardware emulation companies only offer host-level support, Virtuozzo fully utilises the computing power of 64-bit Itanium-based servers."

"SWsoft has created a server virtualisation and resource management solution for high-end computing that takes advantage of the power of Intel Itanium processor–based systems," said Intel's developer relations manager Melissa Laird. "We are pleased that the 64-bit Itanium architecture contributes to the performance of SWsoft Virtuozzo."

The company said it counted Adaptive Instruments, AT-Link, Bertelsmann AG, Bull Technologies, Gilbane, HCT, Interdominios, Jack Henry & Associates, SMS Central, TekTonic, and WebCT among its customers.